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Former GOP legislator mulls run against McCrory

Former state Rep. Robert Brawley, right, a Mooresville Republican, says he’s considering running against Gov. Pat McCrory in next year’s Republican primary. Brawley has been an outspoken opponent of plans to add toll lanes to Interstate 77 north of Charlotte.
Former state Rep. Robert Brawley, right, a Mooresville Republican, says he’s considering running against Gov. Pat McCrory in next year’s Republican primary. Brawley has been an outspoken opponent of plans to add toll lanes to Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. clowenst@newsobserver.com

Former state Rep. Robert Brawley announced Monday that he’s considering a run against Gov. Pat McCrory in the Republican primary next March.

So far, McCrory hasn’t drawn a primary challenger, allowing his campaign to focus on the November general election and Democratic frontrunner Roy Cooper.

Brawley, who lives in Mooresville, served in the House in the 1980s and ‘90s and returned to the legislature in 2013. During his most recent term, he was a frequent critic of then-Speaker Thom Tillis – a role that cost him his position as the powerful Finance Committee chairman and ultimately prompted Republicans to kick him out of the GOP caucus.

He lost the 2014 Republican primary in his district to John Fraley, who now holds the seat. Brawley had been planning a rematch against Fraley in March, and he said Monday that the positive response from that announcement caused him to consider the governor’s race.

“I got so much encouragement there, that’s the reason I started looking at this,” he said.

Brawley said he’ll see how much support he gets following his Monday announcement on Facebook and Twitter, and he’ll make a final decision when the election filing period begins in December.

Brawley has long been an outspoken opponent of a plan to add toll lanes to Interstate 77 north of Charlotte – a plan that has seen a mounting backlash from residents of the area.

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