- Cooper endorses failed NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin over 3 other candidates;
- The last time a sitting governor endorsed a state party chair was back during Bev Perdue’s administration;
- Modernizers versus traditionalists at the expense of those who can least afford it.
As if progressives needed another reason to leave the God forsaken North Carolina Democratic Party – last night, newly elected and embattled governor Roy Cooper endorsed a candidate running for NC state party chair: Wayne Goodwin.
Three other candidates are also running for the position including retired veteran and NC Hispanic president- Marshall Adame.
Goodwin-who lost his Insurance Commissioner race back in November announced his candidacy on Facebook a month ago.
Some North Carolina politicos consider Cooper’s endorsement as “stepping on a landmine”.
“He would have been better off to have issued a blanket statement saying that he considers all the candidates qualified and will be happy to work with all of them to help move North Carolina forward in the next two years, said one Raleigh attorney who has devoted countless hours to Democratic political campaigns.
Nevertheless, Cooper saw the need to double down with the establishment Dems of the party as well as transactional donor elites who control the inner workings of Goodwin House-the NCDP headquarters. Most of the party establishment support Goodwin’s candidacy for chair especially in light of the progressive takeover of the California Democratic Party. Elite Democrats are hell bent on making sure that doesn’t happen here in the Tar Heel State.
The takeaway: Cooper would have been wise to work behind the scenes and make phone calls to the SEC members, the only voting body who can make this decision to elect the new chair. By publicly endorsing Goodwin – he’s created a wedge between those on the left and the establishment Dems.
And, it didn’t have to happen. Unless . . .
Maybe the intention isn’t to bridge the gab between center and left. Or, bridge any other gap for that matter. Maybe the intention is to show the elites, in some public way, that the Cooper administration will operate “business an usual” as it was with the Hunt administration: modernizers kowtowing to corporate elites at the pearl of poor people in North Carolina.
Paul Luebke wrote it best in, Tar Heel Politics: Myths and Realities.
The coming of the two-party system in North Carolina has not increased substantially the political alternatives facing Tar Heel voters.