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Bowles won't run for governor; McIntyre, others still considering

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Erskine Bowles's decision not to run for North Carolina governor hasn't quenched the interest of other Democratic politicians still looking at the idea of running since Gov. Bev Perdue announced she wouldn't seek re-election.

US Reps. Brad Miller of Raleigh and Mike McIntyre of Lumberton and former State Treasurer Richard Moore each said Thursday they were still considering a gubernatorial bid.

"Congressman McIntyre is continuing to discuss with family, leaders and advisors and pray about where he might best be of service to North Carolina," McIntyre's campaign spokesperson told WWAY in a statement. "No decision has yet been made. When a decision has been made, we will certainly inform you."

Former Rep. Bob Etheridge didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Miller said in an interview he'd like to make a decision by this weekend.

Earlier Thursday, Bowles said he wasn't running. He's already run unsuccessfully twice for the U.S. Senate.

Two Democrats already are in the governor's race - Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison. The presumptive Republican nominee is ex-Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Something Fishy going on

I am starting to wonder about all the announcements of retirement coming from so many Democrats in Raleigh along with Erskine showing no interest in the governorship. I guess one might think the hand righting is on wall for Democrats in 2012 or maybe these guys and gals are just fed up and willing to let the Republicans have it all and prove or disprove their point on leadership and governing the state. This may not be such a bad thing. Maybe we should launch the republicans and see if they can float the boat. I think our entire country regardless of party is sick of the do nothing bickering. I just worry that the Republicans could take us back to the James Martin years when the State went broke and could not even send out Tax refunds. Many of you may not remember or were not not here but it was a bad time. But, Why Worry Nobody has a job any way! They all went to to South Carolina!!

How convenient to forget...

...that our "even broke-er now" state couldn't send out tax refunds in 2010 and 2011.

Different Time Sport

During the Martin admin the state was rolling in Furniture, Textiles, Tobacco manufacturing and Farming. There was no excuse for being broke, except greed. Today we suffer 10% unemployment for the same reason. Payroll and sales tax are suffering, I don,t know that you can blame Democrats in state or federal positions. Greed is not part of our platform.

...who controlled the legislature during Martin's Administration

Obviously, revisionist history is part of your platform. The Democrats controlled the legislature, the legislature controls the purse strings. Fact.

As with most issues, you pontificate nonsense. Martin may not have been a good governor, but the recent, back-to-back sleezebags one step ahead of a grand jury are okay in your book, right? As long as they have a "D" behind their name, you have no problem with them.

Revisionist

Ever hear of a veto?

Ever hear

of a veto being overturned?

Count the votes. A democratic house and Senate.

A lone Republican Governor.

Did you miss Smiley's veto being overturned?

Another brain trust weighs in

There was no gubernatorial veto when Martin was in office. That came during Hunt's tenure.

This caught

me by surprise. I think most agree either he or former Governor Hunt were the best candidates the Democrats could put up who would give Pat McCrory a good run for his money.

The odds just improved for a return to sanity and prosperity for the working class.

No Bowles Movment, uh.

No Bowles Movment, uh.

What with

likely the most important election in the past twenty years coming up; and that's the best you can do?

Pitiful.

Erskine's announcement...

good!