Rockingham District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. says he’s “thinking about” challenging incumbent Democrat Brad Miller in the 13th congressional district next year.
“2012 promises to be a pretty good Republican year, conventional wisdom is, and the opportunity to serve North Carolina and the country in that capacity is appealing.”
Berger’s father, Phil Berger, is the N.C. Senate president pro tem. The younger Berger hasn’t run for a legislative office before, though he is vice president-elect of the state Conference of District Attorneys and has served as his county’s party chairman.
He said after he looked at the proposed district maps on his phone this weekend, he called his dad to talk about it. “I bounce a lot of ideas off him,” he added.
The proposed plan to redraw the 13th would change the district's political landscape, making it very difficult for Miller to hold onto the seat in 2012. Berger said that was a factor in his decision.
“Certainly, it’s a better district for a Republican candidate,” he said. “But this is the first draft of the map.
“It’s an interesting opportunity. Timing in life is so important, and these opportunities don’t come around all the time.”
The younger Berger said he doesn’t have a time frame yet for a decision. “When the dust settles and everything shakes out, we’ll make a decision,” he said. “It’s way early in the process.”
Forsyth County GOP chairman Nathan Tabor has also said he's interested in running for the new 13th.