Salisbury’s Graham to join the rapidly-expanding GOP field for governor

Soem deep pockets out of Rowan County are diving into the GOP primary for governor that Mark Robinson supposedly already has in-the-bag:

The Republican candidate field for governor in 2024 is getting crowded. A new GOP candidate declared his candidacy on Wednesday, with the potential to change the race that has Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson as the frontrunner. Bill Graham, a Salisbury attorney and previous candidate for governor, is running again and launching with $5 million and a television ad campaign.[…]

Graham, who is lending himself $5 million to launch his run, will face off in the Republican gubernatorial primary against Robinson, State Treasurer Dale Folwell, former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, former state Sen. Andy Wells and retired health care executive Jesse Thomas.

[…] “I’m running to win a conservative future for North Carolina,” Graham said in a statement to The News & Observer. “We need a conservative governor who shows up for work and will rescue this state from liberals like Roy Cooper and Josh Stein. I’m the only Republican who will do that.”[…]

Graham has been known to collaborate with Raleigh-based  GOP consultant Dee Stewart on political projects.  Frequent Stewart collaborator Paul Shumaker was expressing his lack of enthusiasm for Mark Robinson back in June.  He pointed out that properly “educating” voters about some of Robinson’s “issues” could take some juice out of the supposed Robinson juggernaut.

We highlighted  Graham in 2016 for his apparent collaboration with uber-wealthy solar subsidies advocate Jay Faison.  They were apparently behind some PAC efforts to target now-former NC House member and frequent Thom Tillis / Tim Moore critic Justin Burr.