(Center Square) – Rep. Dan Bishop, who rose to the legislature from the state senator after a failed 2018 midterm election that caught the attention of the nation in southeastern North Carolina, will run for state attorney general in 2024. It’s planned.
The announcement was made via a radio interview on Thursday. The second-term Republican said he felt it was right for him and his wife to work full-time in North Carolina.
Republican Thomas Murray and Democrat Tim Dunn are already running. Democrat Josh Stein, who defeated Republican Tim O’Neill to become attorney general in 2020, has already announced his candidacy for governor in 2024.
Bishop, 59, has 11 arrested for voter fraud in Bladen County, tearing up Republican Mark Harris, a Baptist preacher who seemed to have won on Election Day in November 2018. won his first congressional seat in a special election after testifying in a state election in . He wasn’t sure if he had really won.Bishop’s campaign was linked below The late McRae Dowles of Bradenborothe mastermind behind a ballot-collecting program that drew extensive investigative reporting from New York City, Washington, Charlotte, and Raleigh.
Bishop did not run in the 2018 midterm elections, when Harris won more votes than Democrat Dan McCready. Harris opted out of the rework, and Bishop remanded McCready with Harris winning slightly more votes than McCready (50.7% vs. 48.7%).
Bishop became well known within the ring road. His Voice Among Republicansincluding during Rep. Kevin McCarthy wins 15-vote contest become Speaker of the House. He became a Twitter favorite for breaking the above in his December. A 4,000-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package. And he’s been known to hit hard on committee positions, particularly the Homeland Security and Justice committees.
He was well known at home as a state senator, partly because he wrote what is commonly called toilet billformally known as House Bill 2, stipulates which public restrooms transgender people may use.
The law caused companies and organizations, including the NCAA, to reconsider and change their event commitments. Fellow Republican Pat McCrory, who was governor at the time, was ultimately defeated for re-election in 2016 by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper by just about 10,000 votes, collapsing the Republican trio in state government. bottom.
The state has only had two attorneys general since the 1992 election. Democrat Michael Easley won that time, defeating the incumbent lieutenant governor eight years later in the primary for governor. Cooper succeeded him and held the position for 16 years before defeating McCrory.
A similar bishop pass to Raleigh’s Executive Mansion should come as no surprise.
Dr. Michael Bitzer, a professor of political science at Catawba University, said, “Running for Attorney General of North Carolina will certainly pave the way for a future gubernatorial race if Bishop decides to do so.” “Given that’s the path that Cooper and Stein have now pursued, it makes sense and would give him a high-profile position to run for governor.”
The last Republican Attorney General of North Carolina Zeb Walser, 1897-1900.
Mr. Bishop is a lawyer by profession, serving in the State Senate, Mecklenburg County Commissioner and State House of Representatives.