RALEIGH – One of the most powerful figures in state politics over the last decade, N.C Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), is throwing his weight behind Dan Forest for governor. As lieutenant governor, Forest presides over the N.C. Senate as president, Berger as president pro tempore, and so the two have worked closely together over the last eight years. It’s worth noting, then, that the senate has been the more consistently conservative chamber on most issues in terms of approach and standing up for principles.
The Dan Forest campaign released the following regarding the endorsement:
“Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced Monday that he is endorsing Lt. Governor Dan Forest’s campaign for Governor of North Carolina.
Berger and Forest have worked together in the Senate since 2013. Berger believes Forest’s track record of leadership and commitment to conservative principles are needed in the Governor’s Mansion for the continued prosperity of North Carolina’s economy.
“Over the past decade, we’ve made tremendous progress in North Carolina by lowering taxes, rolling back overbearing regulations, and improving education. Our economy is booming as a result,” Berger said. “All that hard work is now threatened by the lack of leadership we see from the governor today. That’s why I am supporting Dan Forest as he runs for Governor of North Carolina.”
Forest thanked Berger for the support.
“I am honored to have Sen. Berger’s support,” Forest said. “Leadership is hard work. I look forward to working together with the General Assembly — both Republicans and Democrats — to pursue bipartisan solutions to our state’s biggest challenges.” […]”
Considering the track record of these two over the last several years, we imagine they, along with the N.C House, would work very well together as leaders of separate branches of state government. N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) introduced Forest in Shelby, North Carolina during a barnstorming tour across the state, encouraging everyone in his area to support the next Republican governor.
That would mean reinvigorating the push for policies that bring more prosperity to our communities and more assurances that our core rights are respected – respecting the constitution, limiting government takings from our paychecks, promoting school choice solutions, and further lifting the boot of onerous regulations off the necks of our small-business owners.