The Independent Weekly has endorsed Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in the Democratic primary for governor.
The Durham-based paper said former Congressman Bob Etheridge was “emblematic of an Old Guard” and was damaged by the incident involving the video tape in 2010.
“Dalton isn't exactly the New Guard, but he enters the race without Etheridge's baggage and with the chance to define himself as an education reformer. Equally important, he can define himself as a governor who'll be open to compromise with the Republicans but who won't be be afraid to stand up to them.”
The paper also endorsed state Sen. Eric Mansfield in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
“Mansfield, a surgeon(ear, nose and throat) and a part-time Baptist preacher, bring to his public service a rare combination of expertise, strong values and the willingness to speak his mind,” the paper said.