When An Announcement Isn’t An Announcement

Greg Collard, WFAE News Director

Republican frontrunner Pat McCrory formally announced his run for governor on Tuesday, although that’s hardly news. After all, McCrory’s campaign has been underway for more than a year (some would say since the day he lost to Gov. Bev Perdue in 2008).

Of course, that’s true with most large campaigns. Formal “announcements” are just an easy way to get free media. The media give this “news” too much attention.

As a journalist, it’s nice to see we don’t yet know who all the Democratic candidates will be. That will make their “formal” announcements more palatable to cover.

Meanwhile, the speculation over who will seek the Democratic nomination for governor continues in North Carolina.

You can cross Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Congressman Heath Shuler off the list. Both announced Tuesday they will not seek the office. As you might expect, their statements left the door open for a future run.

From Foxx:
“Over the past few days I have given serious consideration to a run for Governor of North Carolina. Given the unusual circumstances and short time, such a run would have required more focus on a statewide campaign than on my young family and many local issues of importance to me and so many Charlotte residents. Therefore, I have decided to forgo a statewide race this election cycle, and will continue my efforts to build a brighter future for our city.”

From Shuler:
“It is an honor to even be discussed as a potential candidate for such an esteemed office, but now is not my time,” Shuler said in a prepared statement.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and State Rep. Bill Faison are candidates for governor. The big question is whether former UNC System president Erskine Bowles will decide to run. Bowles served as chief of staff to President Clinton. He was also a U.S. Senate candidate in 2002 and 2004.

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