The conventional wisdom has been that Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has been the NCGOP’s nominee-in-waiting for the 2020 gubernatorial race. Well, it appears NCGOP chairman Robin “Gramps” Hayes has additional information on the matter.
During a raucous, contentious debate Thursday night in Raleigh, NCGOP chairman candidates Jim Womack and Robin Hayes debated before The Raleigh Republican Club.
At one point in the debate, Womack spoke about “when we elect Dan Forest governor.” Hayes immediately cut Womack off: “What are you going to do about people other than Dan Forest running? You got four that want to do that.”
Hayes didn’t identify those “four” on camera. Word on the street has it that Pat McCrory is looking at a comeback, and Thom Tillis is getting a little bored with DC. Some interesting mailer activity lately involving senator Phil Berger has observers speculating HE may be looking at a run.
Later in the debate, Hayes took on the subject again: “Jim, you stood up in Alamance County and talked about getting Dan Forest elected governor. We don’t know who all is running for governor.”