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Dome: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to campaign for McCrory in NC

September 15, 2012 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory in Raleigh and Greensboro later this month.

“I look forward to proudly welcoming Scott Walker to North Carolina, a reform-minded governor that is showing strong leadership in Wisconsin,” McCrory said in a statement. “He turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a surplus without raising taxes – while improving education. That’s the kind of leadership that we need in North Carolina to start a Carolina comeback.”

Walker will appear Sept. 25. Details of the visit will be made available later.

Walker has become a favorite of many conservatives because of efforts to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights, and because he beat back a recall effort. (North Carolina state employees have no collective bargaining rights.)

Democratic candidate Walter Dalton on Thursday warned that the election of McCrory would mean four years of Scott Walker-like leadership in Raleigh with state employees as his target.

Politico: Bowles may join Obama administration

This definitely falls under the category of getting the cart before the horse: Politico published an article late last week about who might be in a second Obama administration that mentions North Carolinian Erskine Bowles.

“There are some people close to Obama who would like the Treasury to go to Erskine Bowles, the co-author of the deficit reduction plant that will be central to the debate in the first 100 days,” write Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei. “He is widely respected for his intellect, but many around the president are deeply suspicious of his loyalty.”

Bowles, the past president of the University of North Carolina system, is a Charlotte investment banker. He is a two-time Senate candidate, former White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton and former head of the Small Business Administration.

The article also mentions Roger Altman, the former deputy secretary at the Treasury, and Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of the BlackRock asset-management firm, as having indicated to colleagues that they would like to be Treasury secretary.

Dems slam N.C.’s Romney-Ryan surrogates

Democrats on Friday took the unusual step of going after the Romney-Ryan surrogates in the state – saying they are part of the problem.

In a teleconference, Brad Woodhouse, the spokesman for the Democratic National Committee and a Raleigh native, and state Rep. Deborah Ross of Raleigh said such Romney surrogates as Republican Sen. Richard Burr, GOP gubernatorial candidate McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis were pushing the same wrong-headed policies as the national ticket.

“It should come as no surprise that Romney and Ryan’s North Carolina team embodies many of the same philosophies and ideals as the candidates themselves,” said Woodhouse.

“From slashing education to outsourcing to raising taxes on the middle class,” Woodhouse said, “these folks have demonstrated time and again that they put the needs of millionaires, billionaires and corporations before middle class families.”

Ross said that Tillis is out of touch with North Carolina voters.

“Since the Republicans took control of the state House two years ago,” Ross said, “they’ve focused on helping their friends in big business rather than focusing on getting people back to work.”

Robert Reid, a Romney campaign spokesman, said in a statement that voters in the state are looking for new leadership in the White House.

“President Obama’s failed policies have caused over 53,000 North Carolinians to lose their jobs and over 440,000 continue to seek work today,” he said. “There is no doubt that the people of North Carolina are not better off today than they were four years ago which is why we’ve seen such strong support for Governor Romney.”

Staff writer Rob Christensen

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