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Cooper may eye 2016 run for governor

Posted September 5, 2013

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper

— Attorney General Roy Cooper isn't saying "no" when asked if he might run for governor in 2016. 

Cooper, a Democrat, has been an oft-mentioned potential contender over the last several election cycles. In his campaigns for Attorney General, he has pulled more votes than other well known Democrats like President Barack Obama and Gov. Bev Perdue.

"I am concerned about where we're headed in our state," Cooper said Thursday when asked if he might run in 2016. "I'm concerned about that direction. I want to be a part of that change. It's certainly too early to make any formal announcements, but I certainly want to be part of moving North Carolina forward and moving in the right direction."

Cooper has publicly disagreed with McCrory over high-profile pieces of legislation, including a sweeping new elections law that passed the General Assembly this year. 

On Wednesday, former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker said that he might consider a run.

So far, the only two declared Democrats are James Protzman, a businessman and Chapel Hill City Councilman best known as a blogger for the BlueNC website, and Kenneth Spaulding, a former state House member, congressional candidate and Board of Transportation member.

It will likely be a long time before the 2016 Democratic field takes shape. The 2014 election will feature a U.S. Senate campaign at the top of the ticket. 

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  • btneast Sep 9, 9:44 a.m.

    what will pass mustard with Federal law

    LOL, that's "pass muster".....not" pass mustard"....

  • tmstubbs63 Sep 9, 7:26 a.m.

    Cooper needs to learn his own job first.....not much of an AG

  • Vote for Pedro Sep 6, 3:16 p.m.

    We need a governor that is FOR the people of NC and not for himself.
    678devilish

    I agree, dump McCrory now, dump McCrory now!

  • Vote for Pedro Sep 6, 2:38 p.m.

    Did not say "everyone" please read the post. It is widely known by those that actually know something about politics in this state, particularly the law enforcement community and a lot of people in Cooper's own department.
    disgusted2010

    Okay, fair enough, I'll amend my post. "It's widely known that disgusted2010 doesn't know what he's talking about". Happy now?

  • 678devilish Sep 6, 2:07 p.m.

    He is a fair guy and I hope

    Most thought McCrory would be fair. Look at him now. Would you vote for him again? I certainly would not.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 6, 2:01 p.m.

    Widely known? I never heard that, that's like me saying "everyone knows disgusted2010 doesn't know what he's talking about", that doesn't make it true. Why that's only apparent to the few folk's who read your post, certainly not "everyone".
    Vote for Pedro

    Did not say "everyone" please read the post. It is widely known by those that actually know something about politics in this state, particularly the law enforcement community and a lot of people in Cooper's own department.

  • 678devilish Sep 6, 1:43 p.m.

    Cooper would certainly not make a good governor for the people of NC. There is someone better than this or what we have had. We need another Hunt.

  • GarnerDoug Sep 6, 1:39 p.m.

    Just like Meeker...what has Cooper really done strategically to prove his ability? It's react, not act, in their two cases. Meeker got elected on one of a couple PRIMARY points: aligning the light signals in Raleigh. They're FINALLY being worked on this year. Proving another lawyer professing his brilliance in leadership (oxymoron).

    AMAZING how the NC and US liberals are jumping down the current leadership trying to correct the ship of bad government, corruption, phenomenal debt........so to be providing for those TRULY in need of assistance. The liberal spin is nothing but evil.

  • Vote for Pedro Sep 6, 1:35 p.m.

    Archmaker--do you read the same news we do ? Who was it then that cut the deal with the moral Monday folks ? I think you owe Xwalk an apology.
    nailman5204

    I think you owe Roy Cooper an apology. He's trying to limit the impact of extra cost and time on the courts by offering an alternative to the people who really did not do much at all criminal. Good chance many of these cases will be tossed out by the presiding judge if allowed to move forward into the legal system.

  • My Two Cents Sep 6, 1:34 p.m.

    I would be so happy if Cooper ran. He is a fair guy and I hope he can correct some of the wrongs the current administration has put in place.

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