As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, please keep former North Carolina governor Jim Holshouser (1973-1977) and his family in your thoughts and prayers. The governor went under the surgeon’s knife this week, and is resting and recovering at an undisclosed — by me — medical facility here in the Tarheel State.
Gov. Holshouser has been an acquaintance of mine for about ten years now. He is a true Southern gentleman and a class act.
As students of our state’s political history know, Holshouser set two records with his stunning gubernatorial victory in 1972: (1) becoming the youngest governor in the state’s history, and (2) becoming the state’s first GOP governor since Reconstruction. He came to power in a good year for the GOP, which saw Richard Nixon stomp George McGovern and a guy named Jesse Helms enter the U.S. Senate.
I’ve disagreed with the governor on some issues, but I have always respected him as a man of principle. If he tells you something, you can take it to the bank. That is such a rare trait in politics today.
Rest easy and get well soon, governor.