Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge Joins Democratic Race For NC Governor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge is entering the Democratic race for North Carolina governor.

Etheridge released a statement Thursday announcing he was running for the job, just hours after former University of North Carolina system president Erskine Bowles decided against it.

Etheridge served in Congress for 14 years and eight years before that as state schools superintendent. He said in a statement that improving the state's public education system has been his life's work and that the election is about leadership.

The Harnett County Democrat joins Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison in the party's primary. Three others are considering whether to get in the race.


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  • by Formerly Pirateman on Feb 5, 2012 at 01:09 AM
    Tax! dudadoodoo, tax, Tax, TAAAAAAXX, keep on Taaxxxing!!!!!!
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 3, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    Every one them mentioned on the page are on the same boat. They were all raised in the same stable.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    let play connect the dots. Perdue hired this guy after he was fired from congress at 100k per year to oversee a education fund that was 95 percent complete. I think this qualifies him as one of the good old boys. Same old same old for the democratics. Please vote for the best person, democratic or republican, but not status quo people. we have got to turn around this state government.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:46 AM
    Just when you think that there is no one worse than perdue. This guy is a loser plain and simple. When he was state superintentent, he was a loser, he got voted out of congress because he was a loser. He is the perfect fit for governor for the democratic party.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    who are you? who are you? who are you? who are you?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:03 AM
    Why do all democrats look alike now of days?They all got horse faces for some reason.
  • by Geely on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:58 AM
    At least he has good taste in music...The Who
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 at 03:33 AM
    great, we need leadership and instead we get boom-boom etheridge, the person who loves to scream at kids.
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      by The Borg on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:11 AM in reply to
      No, just wait for him to grab a reporter by the collar and yell: "Who are you?"
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        by ncyankee on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to The Borg
        He said, just the beginning of the week, he wasnt going to run, boy, flip flop, flip, flop.. no, he just needs to forget it and go on. He is also the man that pushes kids around. remember?
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM
    He is a jerk, plain and simple, but he was a jerk thirty plus years ago - my dad says forty. He is just one of the discusting parts of polotics.
  • by g Location: la grange on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:23 PM
    Voting the same ole people in office, equals same ole thing. =Screwed= Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
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