Thursday, June 5, 2008

An unusual situation

Pat McCrory has a guy with a 33% approval rating in North Carolina coming to help him raise money next month.

Usually Republicans in North Carolina try to tie state level Democratic candidates to national Democrats. But given McCrory's coziness with the unpopular President Bush, Bev Perdue (or her surrogates) have to give some serious thought to turning the tables this year.

When is the last time Democrats in North Carolina tried to erode an opponent's credibility by tying him to the national Republican party? Sure hasn't happened since I've been down here.

This is a pretty curious move on McCrory's part. Two years ago when Bush showed up in Florida on the eve of the Gubernatorial election, Republican nominee Charlie Crist went out of his way to avoid appearing with him. Bush's popularity has been further eroded since then.

It will be interesting to see whether or not this becomes an issue in the race for Governor.

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