RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper will still have all the accouterments that comes with incumbency for his 2020 reelection bid, but unfortunately that means trying to explain away his growing (and damning) pile of baggage while on the campaign trail. That big stinking pile following Cooper around may be why Politico, by no means a right-leaning publication, isn’t so sure he can win reelection against Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.
‘Toss up’ may seem too kind to Cooper if you’re at all aware of the litany of recent scandals and a term defined by obstructing the duly elected legislature, but the fact is that most North Carolina voters simply don’t. That should change to some degree as the Forest campaign kicks into high guy with the calendar change in a couple months, but Republicans will have to follow through to ensure the mistake in the Governor’s mansion isn’t repeated and the legislative majority isn’t lost.
The contrast between the two is pretty straightforward, and summed up this week as Forest met with Trump officials from ICE/DHS about the need for cooperation in deporting illegal aliens that commit felonies in North Carolina. Cooper? He vetoed the bill that would require local law enforcement to hold on to, say, a illegal alien rape suspect, until ICE can pick them up.
For now, though, ‘Toss up’ is a sign that Cooper’s incumbency isn’t quite the reelection vehicle it could be.