As America pauses for the national holiday, North Carolina politicians have special reasons to give thanks. Here are a few things that should have our state pols whispering words of gratitude before they dive into the pumpkin pie.
• DHHS spokesmanRicky Diaz
has 85,000 reasons to be thankful.
is thankful for Gov. Pat McCrory, another strong candidate for the title “Governor Misspeak.”
are thankful that their chamber microphones still work. Otherwise, would anyone know they’re there?
•Attorney General Roy Cooper
is thankful that the next election for governor is still three years away, giving him plenty of time to back out.
are thankful that the Administration Building is close to the Executive Mansion – in case they have to use the bathroom.
•Phil Berger Jr.
is thankful for Phil Berger Sr.
•U.S. Rep. George Holding
is grateful for big, comfy chairs suitable for naps and campaign donations that allow him to eat in D.C.’s finest restaurants.
•U.S. Rep. Mel Watt
is thankful for the nuclear option.
• Charlotte’s newly elected Democratic MayorPatrick Cannon
is thankful for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
•Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
is thankful for the Common Core. It gives him a spoon to stir the tea party.
, the governor’s first communications director, is thankful he couldn’t sell his house in Nashville back in February.
•Moral Monday protesters
are thankful for community service.
•U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan
is thankful that her election is a year away. Maybe voters will have forgotten about the disastrous rollout of the health care law.
• State House SpeakerThom Tillis
is thankful that Greg Brannon and the Rev. Mark Harris could split the tea party vote.
• Former Wake County school board memberDebra Goldman
is thankful for the 59 voters in Ronda who wrote her name in on the ballot for town commissioner, returning her to public office.
with an eye on Congress are grateful U.S. Rep. Howard Coble has decided not to run for re-election. The redrawn district leans a little more Democratic now, but the longtime lawmaker had a faithful constituency.
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