"Liddy Dole rode DOT to a Senate seat from North Carolina and a presidential race. Where will it take Anthony Foxx?" writes Democratic consultant Gary Pearce in his blog Talking About Politics.
"Such is the power of a President: Obama elevated Foxx to the head of the political line in North Carolina. He is now a clear contender for Governor or Senate. He is the anti-Pat McCrory, a progressive Charlotte mayor in high office and in prime position to help his city and his state.
"With Mel Watt, North Carolina will have two Cabinet seats. Pretty good for a state the President didn’t even carry. Obama obviously has his eye on North Carolina and the role it can play in national politics for years to come. Maybe he sees Foxx as a potential successor in the White House.
"This is not meant to slight Watt, but his age and voting record may preclude him from statewide office. He’s also is in a good place to help North Carolina and those cities that Republicans love to hate."