Local Politics

Malone's Senate replacement named

Posted May 6, 2009

— State Rep. Dan Blue, D-Wake, was chosen Wednesday evening as the replacement for a state Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Vernon Malone.

Malone, 77, died of natural causes at his Raleigh home on April 18. The Democrat and former educator had represented District 14 in the General Assembly for four years.

Wake County Democratic Party officials named Blue to fill the seat, but the governor must appoint him.

Blue served as a state representative for 19 years, including as Speaker of the House for three years, until 2002, when he ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat. He returned to the General Assembly in 2006, replacing Rep. Bernard Allen, who died of a stroke.

A replacement must now be named to take over Blue's seat in the House.


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  • cam7002 May 7, 2009

    time4real, you can look up the rules and know what the qualifications are. If you don't find her qualified, fine. Get involved. Lots of people run for office who you may find unqualified for office. That doesn't mean they should be disqualified from running. That's the challenge of democracy -- that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth as one Republican said 145 years ago.

  • cam7002 May 7, 2009

    If you don't like what you are seeing in politics, get involved. Nothing wrong with carping on the WRAL blog, but if that is the limit of your political activism, you are missing out and disenfranchising yourself.

  • cam7002 May 7, 2009

    1. I am hardly a "Good Ole Boy", believe me;
    2. Dan Blue won the speakership twice, having been chosen by elected, not appointed, officials. He fell 1 vote short of besting Black in 1999, and was supported by both Ds and Rs.
    3. Blue's popularity supersedes race, and I have no idea what the relevance is that his district has a large African-American population.
    4. The party line? There has been corruption, both in NC and across the nation in both parties. I abhor corruption regardless of party. There is nothing to suggest that Dan has ever been dishonest. To the contrary, he's known on both sides of the isle for his integrity, and when he became the speaker of the House, he removed the lobbyists' sofas that lobbyists camped upon to buttonhole representatives and the speaker whenever they came and went from their offices.
    5. I am a liberal, and I am proud of my liberalism. If that doesn't suit you, argue policy, not fallacy.

  • bronzegoddess40 May 7, 2009

    Excellent choice!!!!!!

  • asdad May 7, 2009

    As a very concerned citizen and one who will be affected by this choice greatly, I am disappointed. They stay with the old guard that was at one time a lobbyist for BCBS. The same company who won the state health plan contract under a no-bid process and is SUPPOSEDLY non-profit. How are you non-profit with 192 million in PROFIT? Dan, how much are they gonna give you bud??

  • vjayd May 7, 2009

    A very good choice for this position.

  • hpr641 May 7, 2009

    cam7002: "Had he returned to the speakership over Jim Black when the Democrats regained the House in 1999, ... "had he won the Democratic nomination over Erskine Bowles and beaten Richard Burr, ..."

    Wow, could you loan me that crystal ball of yours? Bottom line is this - he has NEVER won even ONE election by the people outside of local state house races, whose voters are overwhelmingly Democrat and black. He is going to the state senate by appointment AFTER getting back into the state house also BY APPOINTMENT.

    Oh, by the way, talk about a political insider - he lobbys on behalf of ElectriCities (which is under fire for its CEO and excessive electric rates in eastern NC), during which he got appointed back into the state house, and now leads the house on issues concerning ElectriCities'. Must be nice to have your company's genreal counsel get appointed to the state house, AND with it, a leadership position on issues concerning your company.

  • time4real May 7, 2009

    well at least they didn't pick that big lady from the school board. why in the world would they think she was qualified to be a senator? oh, right, none of them are. at least she could have helped continue driving NC intro the ground like she's done our public schools.

  • MEME1180 May 7, 2009

    Congratulations N.C. Rep. Dan Blue!!!

  • ratherbnnc May 7, 2009


    All you did was shift a snake in the grass from one floor to another floor of the Legislature! Good Ole Boy politics at work as usual..Sure..lets appoint our Buddy!!