The Charlotte Observer has an interesting article about the speaker's race this morning. According to the article:
Black's withdrawal launched a scramble for votes by at least seven Democrats vying to succeed him. The contest is so wide open that Democrats are debating how the votes will be taken, as well as who receives them. Candidates and key lawmakers shuttled in and out of Black's corner suite at the Legislative Building all day long, ordering in pizza like a campaign war room.
Ordering in pizza? Sounds like a high stress situation to me....or not.
The article goes on to say how powerful the speaker is. I guess they thought nobody in North Carolina was aware of Jim Black and his power. That's just it, though. The power goes with the seat and we need to make sure the person selected will know how to wield that power to the benefit of the North Carolinians who aren't warming seats in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Fortunately, the Observer provides us with a list.
Other than (Dan) Blue, the announced Democrats running are: Jim Crawford of Granville County, Bill Faison of Orange County, Joe Hackney of Orange County, Hugh Holliman of Davidson County, Mickey Michaux of Durham County and Drew Saunders of Mecklenburg County.
Several of these names have been mentioned here on BlueNC. Most would probably do a fine job. With enough transparency in our government, probably all would do a great job.
There was one other quote that caught my eye. I don't care if he is a Black supporter, Uncle Pryor sounds like a hoot.
"Our caucus is a big family and we've got a bunch of crazy aunts and uncles up in the attic, and I'm one of 'em," said Rep. Pryor Gibson, D-Anson, a close ally of Black. "We've got to bring them all down and hash it out. There's gonna be a lot of heinie-chewin'."
So, out of the group listed above, who do you support?