RALEIGH – Fresh off a razor thin loss, complete with multiple recounts, former chief justice Cheri Beasley is considering a run for U.S. Senate.
Politico reports that Beasley is very seriously looking a the 2022 race for the seat currently held by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and sources say she’s hired a political consultant. BeasleyforSenate.com was registered in October of last year.
As anticipated, the field of likely candidates for the 2022 race in North Carolina is heading toward a crowded primary on both sides. Former Republican Congressman Mark Walker was the first to officially throw his hat in the ring with a launch ad; and Laura Trump has teased a run in recent weeks. On the Left, N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson (R-Mecklenburg) has declared, and even Governor Roy Cooper has been polled (and polled well) among Democrat primary voters.
Beasley’s potential entry, together with the other potential/likely suitors, makes for a ‘messy’ primary, as Politico puts it. She, of course, was elevated to chief justice by Governor Roy Cooper in a custom breaking, nakedly political move following the early retirement of former Chief Justice Mark Martin.
Others are, at least, in the mix, like N.C. AG Josh Stein, and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who are less than likely to declare, but the list doesn’t stop there.
“[…] Other potential contenders include Anita Earls, a state Supreme Court justice, state Sen. Sydney Batch, and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, according to a Democrat familiar with the dynamics. […]”
Justice Anita Earls is the card-carrying, George Soros-backed, Social Justice Warrior on the State’s high bench. Having gone from Far Left Woke activism to adjudicating many of the same issues as a supposedly unbiased judge, a race for Senate would at least drop the pretense.
Sydney Batch also just lost an election (by way more than Beasley lost by) to Republican Rep. Erin Pare (R-Holly Springs) in North Carolina’s 37th House District. She is similarly a Far Left, aggressively Woke Democrat. Aggressive, as in, taking to Twitter to openly laugh at and mock the “clowns” like Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) and others who had just been targeted for assassination at a ball field by a crazed gunman tried.
She also pedals a predictable agenda including healthcare entitlement expansion, Woke
education indoctrination, and the litany of the Left’s Woke wishes.
Following her loss, the the state senator in her district, Sam Searcy announced he’d be leaving and put Batch forth for Governor Roy Cooper to appoint as a replacement, which he did. Now she’s in the conversation for U.S. Senate; nothing like failing up.
Back on the Republican side of things, Walker remains the lone horse out of the gate. His campaign has almost a million dollars in the bank and a head start, but sources indicate there are more coming for Burr’s old seat.
Former Governor Pat McCrory is probably the most likely, having told those close to him that he is leaning toward a run. As the former governor, his name ID is established, but as the former governor some old bugaboos might handicap him among some NCGOP factions.
Perhaps notably, someone registered McCroryforSenate.com late last year. Many of the familiar insiders are touting his potential run, as well, suggesting he really will jump in.
And then there are all those potential candidates that don’t make it on to a list of potential candidates. The dark horses, the unexpecteds, the pleasant surprises, or the also-rans. We will have to wait to see which ones we’ll get, but you can bet there will be more.