State Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County says he running re-election to his state House seat, but is quiet when asked about rumors that he is considering challenging Gov. Bev Perdue in a Democratic primary.
“If I run for my House seat, what else could I run for?” Faison asks.
But when asked directly whether he would rule out challenging Perdue, Faison repeatedly responded by saying he was running for his House seat – not by ruling out running for governor.
But Faison was more talkative with WRAL's Laura Leslie.
"At the moment, I think we need to win back the House,'” Faison said. “I certainly am aware that Perdue has her own problems, including the possibility of imminent indictments against some of her very close associates."
“I want to see us keep the governor's office in Democratic hands," he continued.
"I think her numbers do not look good. I think her situation does not look good. It's possible she may decide to do something else. She may not want to run for a second term. Should that occur, I certainly would be interested in considering a race," Faison said.
(Perdue's polling numbers have sharply improved since her handling of the state's response to Hurricane Irene.)