The State Employees Association of North Carolina PAC endorsed a slate of legislative candidates representing a range of political views. On what other endorsement list would Democratic Rep. Paul Luebke of Durham and Republican Rep.. Nelson Dollar of Cary both find a spot?
Notably absent from the list of endorsees are candidates for governor or state treasurer. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, the Democratic candidate for governor, and Republican candidate Pat McCrory were interviewed and neither got the nod.
No endorsement for state Insurance Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, or Agriculture Commissioner either.
There aren't lots of competitive contests, but SEANC-endorsed candidates are eligible for PAC donations and other assistance.
In statewide races were it did make choices, the PAC endorsed Democratic candidates including Linda Coleman for lieutenant governor. incumbent state Auditor Beth Wood, incumbent Superintendent for Public Instruction June Atkinson, and incumbent Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
Update: The reason, says SEANC executive director Dana Cope, that the PAC didn't endorse in the governor's race is that "neither candidate spoke to their issues, the issues they feel strongly about." That would be "quality public services and doing it at the most efficient pricepoint for the taxpayers."
In the treasurer's race, SEANC is not only unhappy over the recent pension system Facebook investment, but has a longstanding concern about the state treasurer being the person who chooses the firms that handle pension fund investments. SEANC wants a board of trustees involved.
Update: In 2008, SEIU, a union associated with SEANC, contributed $1.2 million to the state Democratic Party, spent $410,000 on state races, and gave $250,000 to an independent group that ran ads attacking McCrory.