Saturday, May 30, 2009

Closing up shop

Since we've had no responses to our previous post ("Requiem for a Draft movement"), wondering who to support in the absence of Coop, I think that means either no one is paying attention to the blog of a failed draft movement, or else people honestly don't have any clue which candidate to back. Either way, I think that means it's time for the blog to sign off. It's been fun.

A few items of interest, though:
  • There is one announced Democratic candidate for Senate in 2010 named Cooper! But it's not Roy, it's Nathaniel Cooper. Don't confuse the two. According to his website, Nathaniel is a distinguished U.S. Army veteran and very well-educated. In that case, whoever did his website is not doing him any favors, particularly when it says he is going to put ethics back "IN TO THE POLITICAL HALLS OF WASHING, DC."
  • Meanwhile, there's another draft movement afoot: Draft Cal Cunningham. Good luck to all involved.
  • Since my last post, Grier Martin has said he won't be a candidate, and Heath Shuler seems to be taking another look at the race. Also, state senators Malcolm Graham and Dan Blue are giving it consideration.

Thanks to everyone who followed the blog and here's to an interesting 2010 election!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Requiem for a Draft Movement

Fellow Coop drafters, be disappointed, but do not despair. We were in this for the right reason: we thought -- and continue to think -- that Coop would have been the best candidate for Senate in 2010. We were successful to the extent that 1) we reminded people of Coop's good qualities as a public official; 2) we made more people pay attention to the 2010 race, and 3) we contributed to the buzz that Coop was a likely candidate (the N&O often said he was “widely expected to run”). We even had President Obama on our side.

So we asked Coop to run, and he surprisingly -- but politely -- said “no, thanks.” Perhaps he just decided he’d rather be governor someday than senator. He would be great in either position. Or maybe he didn’t want his children growing up in some combination of NC and DC. In any event, we should be glad that we will continue to benefit from his service here in the Tar Heel state.

There’s not much else we can do now, but we should not give up on 2010. Many so-called “party favorites” declined to run in 2008, but little-known Kay Hagan ended up winning anyway.

I'll open up this forum to ask whom, if anyone, we should support now for Senate in 2010. A few possibilities:

  • Cal Cunningham (of the Lexington area) -- former state senator; attorney; served with U.S. Army Reserves in Iraq; has publicly announced interest in running
  • Kenneth Lewis (of the Durham area) -- attorney; has publicly announced interest in running
  • Grier Martin (of Raleigh) -- state representative; attorney; served with U.S. Army Reserves in Afghanistan
  • Richard Moore (of the Oxford area) -- former state treasurer; former state representative; attorney; although he publicly claimed not to be interested in a 2010 race, that may have been when he believed that Coop was going to run
  • Mike McIntyre (of Lumberton) -- U.S. congressman; attorney
  • Elaine Marshall (of Lillington) -- N.C. secretary of state; former state senator; attorney; teacher

Either post your comment here or email me at to let us know what you think.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Say it ain't so, Coop

Coop sent an e-mail to supporters today:

"Dear Friends:
A few weeks after I took the oath of office for my
third term as Attorney General, many of you asked me to consider becoming a U.S.
Senator in 2010. Because this can be an important way to help the people
of North Carolina, my family and I considered it. While I am honored by
the encouragement I’ve received, I don’t want to go to Washington and serve as a
U.S. Senator at this time. I am committed to public service and I want to
serve here in North Carolina rather than in Washington.

Right now, I’m moving forward with ways to make the lives of North Carolinians better and safer, even during these challenging times. We’re pushing for new laws and helping people struggling with bad loans, debt and foreclosure. At my request, the Governor just signed an executive order this week to begin “StreetSafe”, a
project that will reduce the number of repeat offenders and cut the crime rate
by coordinating nonprofits, businesses, faith-based initiatives, and government
to rehabilitate people who have committed crimes.
I am taking action right here in North Carolina to boost our economy, bolster education, improve our health care and make us more secure. I will continue to need your ideas and help. I am grateful for your encouragement and support."

What do we do now?????