Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble took the rumor that he might run for governor in 2012 so seriously that he couldn’t stop laughing.
"They haven’t even sworn in Bev yet," Coble said. "My comment is: 'Stop the madness.'"
Coble did acknowledge that some folks have asked him if he is interesting in running for governor in four years, Rob Christensen reports.
He is a former Raleigh mayor and a member of one of North Carolina's most famous political families. His uncle is the late Sen. Jesse Helms.
"People always want to know what you are going to do next," Coble said. "Next I'm going to celebrate Christmas. It's way too far out to speculate on the future."