The earth is shifting: Republican candidates endorse public financing

By: - April 2, 2008 12:35 pm

 There was another encouraging sign today that the market fundamentalist wave has crested: three Republican candidates for statewide office, incumbent state Auditor Les Merritt, Insurance Commissioner candidate John Odom and Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Eric Smith appeared with five of their Democratic opponents (Fred Aikens, Beth Wood, June Atkinson, Eddie Davis, and Wayne Goodwin (David Smith had a family emergency)) at a press conference sponsored by North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections.

The purpose of the event was to endorse the state's excellent new public financing program for these three "down ballot" offices. NCVCE, of course, was one of the groups that helped spearhead the effort to pass the new law. In all, nine of 11 candidates for the three offices are participating in the program. Only Repub Superintendent candidates Richard Morgan and Joe Johnson have failed to sign on.

For a complete take on today's event, be sure to check out this afternoon's edition of the Fitzsimon File on the Policy Watch website.

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Rob Schofield
Rob Schofield

NC Newsline Editor Rob Schofield oversees day-to-day newsroom operations, authors and voices regular commentaries, and hosts the 'News & Views' weekly radio show/podcast.