Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper has been making calls to supporters testing the waters for a possible bid against Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016, insiders say.
Cooper's calls are described as very preliminary, seeing if the support and money would be there for a possible run. Cooper is said to be angry at the direction of the Republican legislature and McCrory. He also recently sent out an email to supporters blasting the new voter ID law that McCrory has signed.
He also started a petition asking McCrory not to sign the voter ID bill.
Cooper's public criticisms of the voter ID bill drew a rebuke from McCrory, who told WRAL "the attorney general gave me his political opinion, not his legal opinion.'' The governor suggested Cooper might be in a conflict of interest.
Cooper responded by noting that his personal opinions have no bearing on his legal duties as attorney general.
Cooper, who was first elected attorney general in 2000, has been talked about for governor in the past, but he has always taken a pass.