Cooper spoke to Democrats gathered to elect new district officers saying, “I talked it over with my wife and we came to a decision. I can beat this man (Pat McCrory). There it is – I’m running for Governor.”
Cooper sited his reasons saying, “…it’s terrible what the Republicans are doing to local governments. That’s got to stop.”
He also said that the Republicans ran on low taxes but for many working families in North Carolina, taxes have gone up.
A key moment, and one that will probably resonate throughout his campaign – which he says he will officially announce later in October, was when he said, “I’m working with Governor Jim Hunt, our education governor, to turn North Carolina around.”
Cooper got applause when he said of the Republican supermajority, “this is the worst legislation I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
The Attorney General was speaking to a crowd of devoted Democrats – but one message may have landed on deaf ears when he said, “ as you elect your new people today – you can fuss and fight all you want, but we gotta walk out this door working together.”
There was some contention in the hall between fellow Democrats Chris Srgo (the Director of EqualityNC) and Bill Franklin (6th District Chair candidate) when Franklin went up to shake Srgo’s hand. Srgo made some comments and turned his back.
Srgo, along with Ryan Butler (the LGBT Caucus President and apparent Council of Review Chair for the NCDP) were at the convention in support of Jillian Brevorka – the other candidate for the NC06 Chair. She was the eventual winner of that race over Franklin.
The question now becomes can Cooper sidestep the NCDP and brand himself as the leader of North Carolina Democrats?
If today was any indication, I think he can. Cooper has a fire in his belly for this race and I think he wants to beat Pat McCrory for the right reasons. Now, if we can just get Goodwin House to stay out of the way.