Piqued by the lack of attention, Dan Forest makes some noise

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Revealing the obvious, that he's running for Governor in 2020:

A big piece of North Carolina’s 2020 race for governor fell into place Thursday when Dan Forest gave his clearest signal yet that he’s running. This raises a number of questions, including: Who is Dan Forest? What has he accomplished that makes him qualified to serve as governor? And what’s next for Pat McCrory? Forest is North Carolina’s lieutenant governor and a Republican. On Thursday, he issued a statement reacting to the latest news on the I-77 tolls project.

“The I-77 toll road contract was a colossal mistake started by the Perdue administration, signed by the McCrory administration, punted by the Cooper administration and would be fixed by a Forest administration,” he said.

Bolding mine, because there aren't enough LOLs to cover how funny those questions are. The answers: Dan Forest is a marketable product with no actual utilitarian function. He's an artifact, created by political craftsmen to be the ideal (1950's) candidate. What has he accomplished? Less than nothing, but since it's hard to explain how his very presence has eroded the integrity of both his office and the voting public's discretionary skills, we'll just stick with "nothing." And I have to give a hat-tip to Taylor Batten, who is one of the few reporters acknowledging that lack of accomplishment:

So Forest has instant credibility, even if he hasn’t actually accomplished much notable in public life. In fact, Forest has less of a resume than any previous N.C. governor of the past 40 years or more. Roy Cooper had been attorney general for 16 years before being elected governor. Pat McCrory was mayor of the state’s biggest city for 14 years. Bev Perdue had been a state legislator for 14 years and then lieutenant governor. Mike Easley had been a district attorney, then attorney general for eight years. Jim Martin had been a congressman for 12 years and a county commissioner. Jim Hunt had been, well, Jim Hunt, and served a record four terms as governor.

Forest, by contrast, has done little besides wear the lieutenant governor title (first won in 2012 by 7,000 votes out of 4.3 million cast) and be former U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick’s son. That’s not to say he isn’t capable of being governor; he just can’t yet point to a long list of tremendous accomplishments.

One thing he has proven to be effective at is turning a relatively mundane issue (Common Core) into a cause worthy of a Crusade. But that Crusade accomplished very little, because Common Core still exists, and has only been tweaked a little. And that explains why Dan Forest hasn't uttered a peep about it in the last year or two, because it highlights his inability to get things done. And that trait runs deep in the family:

And of course one of her greatest (and few) accomplishments was to make life much harder for immigrants, both Hispanic and Muslim. And she also passed on her hatred for gay people to her son, which is quite possibly the most dangerous aspect of a (gag) Dan Forest administration in North Carolina.

Have a nice weekend.

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I sort of broke my own rule...

Talking about 2020 elections while the 2018 Blue Wave is growing is somewhere between a distraction and counterproductive. But this bigoted weasel has a way of getting under my skin, and I apologize profusely.

Ah yes, Sue Myrick ... Mein Coif ...

We in the gay community certainly remember this nutjob's tenure in Charlotte. Creative Loafing put up a nice overview of her career. Some highlights:

1983: Myrick, the CEO of an advertising agency and owner of an Amway distributorship, filled Charlotte with big billboards and won an at-large seat on the City Council.

1985: Councilwoman Myrick began her long public history of proposing laws based on her exaggerated fears. Stating that much of rock music is evil, even Satanic, and that teenagers are "lemmings," she unsuccessfully proposed a committee to "review" and either approve or ban upcoming rock shows.

1987: She also informed the city that she received messages about running for office from both a coffee maker, and from answers to her prayers at a homemade altar in a beach dune.

1990: CL asked readers to name Myrick's new, shorter hairdo. "La Pelt" came close, but the final winner was "Mein Coif."

1997: The GOP saw Myrick as a rising star in the party until she joined a group of junior Congress members who tried to force Gingrich's resignation. The plot failed, and Myrick soon lost a bid for a GOP leadership position to a Gingrich ally.

2001: The 9/11 attacks marked a return to Myrick's earlier theme of living in fear, which led to increasingly extreme, outlandish notions, accusations and actions regarding Muslims and people she has consistently referred to as "illegal aliens" and "illegal immigrants."

2003: Myrick noted that the Muslim threat to America was spreading, offering as evidence that they were running so many convenience stores.