“Jim’s name comes up a lot in stuff like this. But I have heard this latest story, in detail, from at least a half dozen connected sources across the state. As you know, there is some conservative discomfort with Pat McCrory. Jim is highly-regarded within conservative circles in our state. He’s an incredible success story who could easily self-fund a competitive effort against McCrory. Jim could cut himself a five million dollar check to start a campaign, and not even miss it. That’s practically pocket-change for him.”
So, has anybody asked Cain directly about a gubernatorial run? My source says he, and some others have:
“He just responds with a grin. He won’t say yes. He won’t say no. If the story was way out there in left field, the guy would be denying it.”
So, who is Jim Cain? He is a native of High Point who earned his undergrad and law degrees from Wake Forest. Cain served as president and COO of The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes from 200-2002. President George W, Bush tapped him as ambassador to Denmark in 2005. Cain was a key fundraiser for Bush-Cheney 2004, and was President Bush’s personal emissary to the inauguration of the president of The Phillipines in 2004. He represented North Carolina on the Republican National Committee from 2003-2005.
So what about the rumors of a primary challenge for McCrory from Lt. Gov Dan Forest? Here’s my source’s take:
“As much as I, and many others would like to see it happen, Dan will not run against McCrory. He won’t run for governor without Pat’s blessing. It’s a shame, because Pat McCrory didn’t do anything for Dan in the 2012 campaign. Dan’s a loyal guy.”
Interesting stuff. Let’s see if this leads to anything solid.