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Coble considering congressional run

Paul Coble, the chairman of the Wake County commissioners, said he is giving “serious consideration” to running for Congress next year.

Coble, a former Raleigh mayor, said he has begun talking to people about the possibility of running for the 13th congressional seat held by Democrat Brad Miller.

“I'm seeing what opportunities are laying out there,” Coble said. “That is the due diligence you go through when you look at something.”

The 13th district is drawing increasing interest from Republicans, because it is expected to tip from Democratic-leaning to Republican leaning under the legislature's redistricting plan.

Former U.S. Attorney George Holding said Wednesday he plans to seek the nomination. Earlier, Forsyth County GOP Chairman Nathan Tabor and former Winston-Salem City Councilman Vernon Robinson.

Also looking at the seat is District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of the state Senate majority leader.

Coble, who has an insurance agency, served one term as mayor from 1999-2001 and has been on the Wake County board of commissioners since 2006. He was elected chairman earlier this year.

Coble, who is a nephew of the late Sen. Jesse Helms, said he hoped to make up his mind about the race fairly soon.


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Who else will throw their hat in the ring?

Anyone else from the 2010 roster? Perhaps AgentPierce can shed some light on this as well. ;-)

Duly noted ....

Let it be duly noted that Paul Coble is indeed Jesse Helms' nephew and that Rob Christensen has so reminded us. ..... Rob has not, however, told us how he could be deeply imbedded in the John Edwards' presidential campaign and be the only person so imbedded to not know of Edwards' relationship with Reille Hunter.  Perhaps it is because Reille has no relationship whatsoever to Jesse Helms.

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