Skip to comments.Democrats may tap Wicker to run against Burr
Posted on 08/17/2009 10:54:42 PM PDT by MitchellC
Former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker is being courted as a possible Democratic opponent to Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr next year.
And while he is not committing to anything, he is listening.
Wicker, a Sanford resident who practices law in Raleigh, said he has had conversations with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, former Gov. Jim Hunt and others.
"I'm still passionate about creating jobs and a higher standard for education and affordable health care," Wicker said. "And I still have those pangs of emotion about being involved in public service. "But I have been focused on my practice and I've very happy doing that.
"I'm doing some listening," he said.
Wicker, 57, served two terms as lieutenant governor and six terms in the state House.
He lost the Democratic nomination for governor in 2000 to Mike Easley.
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Well he’s has won statewide before. Over 10 years ago.
Not a top recruit in my estimation, easy to say that as I’ve never heard of him before. ;)
A good year should enable victory for Burr and break the ‘curse’ on his seat.
It will have been 14 years since Wicker last won a race in 2010. A decade ago, he’d have been first-tier, today he’s second-tier at best. Good news for the GOP that a lot of top candidates have passed on this (especially given the likely climate in ‘10), but still, this is the cursed seat for which no incumbent has been reelected since 1968, and even a second-tier nobody took out Elizabeth Dole last year, which shouldn’t have happened.
Gotta think our friends in the Tar Heel State are experiencing some “buyer remorse” after 2010.
Does any candidate stand a chance while being a member of the President’s party?
As a resident of NC, I can honestly say, “Mmmm, fresh meat!”
You never know. I’m not as ready as others here to say that we’ll have huge gains next year.
Democrats have lost all the gains in North Carolina in the last six months.
Has Mike Easley ruled out a run, or merely not said anything?
What in freaking tarnations is happening in NC? BHO carried the state and Liddy Dole losing to a radical left Democrat.
My favorite senator of all time must turning over in his grave.
Wow! An epic battle of the mundane do-nothings.
I can’t see him running, or it would’ve already been mentioned by now. I think MitchellC can correct me on this, but I think Easley has some “issues”, which is one big reason why he wouldn’t run.
And now, of course, you have Gov Bev who is doing her very best impersonation of Kathleen Blanco, and she ain’t even had a hurricane strike... yet. She’s definitely going to be a one-termer.
She’s not popular huh? Good.
Marshall is the one that beat that NASCAR guy right?
She’s definitely a stronger candidate than Wicker.
Well the rat Mayor of Montgomery Alabama won a GOP CD that includes only a fraction of his city.
If McCrory didn’t carry the CD in his close gubernatorial race...
I recall him being described as a borderline conservative anyway. “toms” from the blog seems to agree with that.
I suspect that McCrory wouldn’t be much worse than Hayes was. But my hope is that someone better suited to the district (who is thoroughly conservative) will step up, and McCrory will build support by helping us take the state legislature in time to draw up the districts after 2010, then knock off Perdue in 2012.
If the political climate continues to be sunny for us in 2010, is it possible for us to pick up Heath Schuler’s seat, Bob Etheridge’s seat, Kissel’s seat, and Mike Inryle’s seat? These Tarheel seats were carried by Bush by good margins in 2000 and 2004.
I think all of those districts have a majority of voters who are open to voting for Republicans, as their past presidential votes indicate, but our biggest problem is finding credible challengers, and the fact that the NC GOP has been on life support forever.
After that, a problem is that McIntyre and Shuler are conservative enough for most of the conservative voters in their districts, making it very difficult to peg them with the liberal-ness of their party leadership. I think most people just don’t understand that for most congressmen, the most important vote they’ll ever make is the caucus vote, else many of these “conservative Democrats” wouldn’t get elected, since a vote for any Democrat is a vote to put Pelosi in power.
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