A discerning reader adds a twist to my theory (see “Pat Versus Phil” blog below) that Senator Berger might back a primary opponent against Governor McCrory: It could be Lt. Governor Dan Forest: “Can’t help but notice Senate budget included Forest’s pet project for more education revenue but they didn’t include any of Gov’s pet projects. If I was Phil Berger I could see how Forrest is just the right empty suit for the Governor’s Mansion.”
Of course, Phil Berger Jr.’s loss in the Sixth Congressional District might give Forrest pause.
On that topic, the same reader reported this nugget: “McCrory controversial former Press Flack is busy rubbing salt in the Berger family wound this morning.”
That would be Ricky Diaz – late of DHHS $80,000-a-year fame – who tweeted: “With loss of his son in NC-6, BIG defeat for Senate President Phil Berger.”