That’s what’s being leaked out there.
Hmmm. If he makes it to a general election face-off against Thom Tillis, we’d have on our hands a battle royale between two of the hottest messes in North Carolina politics.
I first encountered Moore when I was a drive-by during the 1994 election cycle. Moore was a former federal prosecutor and legislator seeking to fill the open 2nd congressional district seat. (He ended up losing to Republican David Funderburk, who in turn ended up self-destructing spectacularly in 1996 in his reelection race against Democrat Bob Etheridge.)
In 2000, Moore got elected state treasurer. In 2008, he gave up that job to run for governor — losing in the primary to Bev Perdue.
Since 2012, Moore has been the CEO of First Bancorp — the parent company of Southern Pines-based First Bank.
During his lengthy career, he’s been the focus of some serious ethical questions that have made it into the drive-by media. In 2008, while running for governor, Moore was accused by the Perdue campaign of exaggerating his educational background. (Something similar happened to Tillis in 2014. So, they have that in common.)
A 2007 Forbes article found that an unusually large number of firms that did business with the Moore-led treasurer’s office had employees that donated to Moore’s campaign fund.
In 2010, the State Employees Association of North Carolina sued Moore — alleging that he benefited from pay-to-play arrangements in his management of the state employee pension fund.