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Alert the Media: I’m not running against Dole!

bing_stump.jpgMy fellow North Carolinians.  There have been any number of people over the past months who have suggested I pick up the flag and run for the US Senate against Elizabeth Dole next year.  OK, maybe there was just one person who suggested that.  All right, maybe I just thought I heard someone suggest it after I’d had a few beers at our Labor Day cookout.

In any event, I’ve decided – like Forsyth County Commissioner Ted Kaplan – that taking the job on Capitol Hill would mean too much time away from my family.  Including my one-year-old, who still sometimes wakes up at four in the morning.  And who would take out the trash, the recycling, clean the dishes and take the cars by the shop I ask you? 

There may be some who say, “Don’t be hasty – why not go through a ‘deliberative process’ about your run like State Board of Education Chair Howard Lee?”  To them I can only reply with my customary decisive leadership, “No.”

 To all my many supporters, both real and imaginary, I must also sadly point to a distressing fact.  I am not a multimillionaire.  Having more cash than one of those hedge fund guys is practically a job requirement in the US Senate these days and I just don’t measure up.  After all, Dole is the 14th richest in the chamber and has the unique perspective that only such enormous amounts of wealth can bring.

Don’t despair.  I’m sure someone will take her on.  Thanks for thinking of me though. 

3 Comments


  1. James

    September 17, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I’m not running either . . . unless no one else does.

    Does that count as news?

    Great post!

  2. Mimi

    September 18, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    In answer to your questions in paragraph 2, me. (Maybe not cars to the shop.) But, you should still run. The state needs you much like the country needs Al Gore.

  3. Wolf

    September 18, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    If that’s not love…I don’t know what is. However, I believe that public intellectuals ought to stay close to home.

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