When Walter Mondale made his lone appearance in North Carolina during the 1984 fall presidential campaign, the highest-ranking Democrat to greet him was Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham. Graham felt obligated to be there because Mondale was visiting the Asheville farmers market.
Despite the victory of outsider Donald Trump in the GOP presidential primary, there were few signs of a political prairie fire Tuesday as North Carolina voters generally cast their ballots for well-established candidates.
I have covered some of the most colorful Southern political figures of recent decades, from George Wallace to Jesse Helms. Donald Trump’s rally last week, though, was the first to feature arias from Italian operas.
When he was running for the 12th Congressional District seat in 1992, state Rep. Mickey Michaux of Durham famously quipped: “I love the district because I can drive down I-85 with both car doors open and can hit every person in the district.”