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Etheridge: 'Waiting on Erskine'

Posted February 1, 2012

Former Congressman Bob Etheridge says he's still weighing a gubernatorial bid this year, but hasn't yet made a decision.

"Very candidly, like a lot of folks, I'm just sort of waiting on Erskine," he said.

Etheridge is a longtime friend of Erskine Bowles. The former UNC president hasn't yet announced whether he'll enter the Democratic primary. "Hopefully, we'll talk before the day's over," Etheridge said. 

"This may be the most important election in our lifetime for this state," he continued. "There's so much at stake." 

If he runs, Etheridge said, his main focus will be on education — no surprise for a former state schools chief. 

But, he added, "I think Erskine would bring a lot to this race, including a whole bunch of money and the ability to attract a lot of dollars. That's important. Look at what happened in Florida," he said, referring to the GOP presidential contest. "You can't get outspent five to one."  

Etheridge lost his congressional seat to Republican Renee Ellmers in 2010. Since then, he's served in the Perdue administration overseeing economic and disaster recovery efforts. 

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  • THEdrlefty Feb 2, 8:24 p.m.

    Bob IS just what we need. Someone who will stand up for us and against ambush tactics designed for YouTube. He will fight for us...he is not afraid of "Who are you" cheap shots.

    BTW who were those bozos?

  • ljohnson247 Feb 2, 7:39 a.m.

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, AND NO

  • driverkid3 Feb 1, 11:19 a.m.

    Just what we need, a "Who are you?" recycled numbskull for governor. As if bev wasn't bad enough.