Bowles Says He Will Not Run For Governor

Former White House Chief of Staff and two-time U.S. Senate candidate Erskine Bowles is passing on a bid for North Carolina governor.

Bowles released a statement Thursday that he doesn't think anyone can question his love for North Carolina but there are many ways to make a difference in the state.

The Charlotte Democrat's decision leaves two fellow Democrats running for governor at the moment since Gov. Beverly Perdue announced last week she would not seek re-election. They are Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison.

Bowles was seen as a strong candidate who could raise money and had a long resume in the Democratic Party and in public service.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM
    Erskine doesn't need to run. He should run away after selling off the family's company and moving it to Mexico or Honduras..... Good for NC displaced jobs along time ago. Then Bill Clinton...... no bragging rights there either..... probably talks w/ Bob Etheridge and Easley on a daily basis. Oh heck .... don't forget Hunt.
  • by Yes! on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    No one will touch the stench that liberals and democraps have put upon NC!!!
  • by Wharf Rat Location: OIB on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    Hey, I`m gonna be famous too, because I`m not running either!
  • by Countrykid Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2012 at 03:03 PM
    No one and I mean absolutely no body no how can do any poorer job than Queen Bev. If we had four more years of that witch the whole state would be on welfare. Then, I guess it would be a good think the dear ole prez wants everyone to have an entitlement.
  • by Formerly Pirateman on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    So what! What an ego. He married a rich woman, real man.
  • by Bubba on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    Yay... More power to McCory. Big Business come save us from the liberal agenda... We need a free market health care system... because bringing health costs down is bad for the economy. And lets make NC a "Global Competitor"... Make it easier for NC jobs to head over to China and India, so that we can import cheaper products. And I can't wait to see all the unions busted. Pensions, Retirement Funds, and a living wage is such a drag on our economy. People should work hard for as long as they can... And if you cant hang... then go cry somewhere else. Not on my lawn.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    he wouldn't win anyway, Good choice Ernie!
  • by Lubba Location: Really? on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    Even he is smart enough not to wade into the mess Purdue is leaving. Smelly is Smelly, and stink is stink, maybe he will run in 2016, after the next crook comes in and makes all the middle class working people mad.........This state and country is in such a mess because of GREED GREED GREED
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    As long as he is not running the UNC state supported college system, then I'll be fine. I don't trust him as a governor and I'm glad he is not running.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    Can someone get a hold of Lavon and Barlow? The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds the generic Republican earning 47% support, while the president picks up 41% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Last week, the generic Republican and the president were essentially tied. Since weekly tracking began in early May, the Republican has earned 43% to 49% support, while the president has picked up 40% to 45% of the vote. Rasmussen Reports will provide new data on this generic matchup each week until the field of prospective Republican nominees narrows to a few serious contenders.
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