Senator Richard Stevens (R) of Cary announced his retirement today, and a candidate with close ties to former state Rep. David Miner and SpeakerrrrrRichardMorgan™ has announced her intention to seek the GOP nomination for Stevens’ seat. Tamara Barringer, a Cary attorney and adjunct professor at UNC, and her husband, Brent, also an attorney and member of the UNC Board of Governors, have been long-time fixtures in Wake politics.
During Morgan’s reign of terror in the NC House, he appointed Tamara Barringer as a public member of a House committee. During the 2004 campaign, Tamara Barringer served as a director of The North Carolina Republican Main Street Committee. (Raleigh political consultant Paul Shumaker, Morgan’s consultant at the time, and state Reps. Harold Brubaker (R-Asheboro) and Danny McComas (R-Wilmington) — both Morgan allies in the House — were also documented as officials with the committee. ) The Main Street Committee raised money and ran ads that spoke favorably of “leaders like Speaker Richard Morgan.”
The NC Senate lost one Morgan ally with the resignation of Senator Debbie Clary. If things go well for Barringer in May and November, it will all be a wash for Team Morgan.