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Bill Faison is like a boxer who took a knockout swing, missed and left himself wide open for the counterpunch.
The day after Monday’s indictments, Faison told Laura Leslie at WRAL-TV: “I think, ultimately, Gov. Perdue will do the right thing and decide not to run. I don’t believe you’ll ever see her file.” 
That generated the most dreaded of all political stories – the one with headlines starting “Members of the Governor’s Own Party…”
Team Perdue was not happy, and Mark Farinella shot back on camera:
“Bill Faison thinks he ought to have a higher office. He wants to be governor or senator or president, and he thinks the way to do that is to spread innuendos and falsehoods about someone else.  She is running, and Mr. Faison, I think, needs to come to terms with that. He is not going to be the Democratic candidate for governor, as much as he wants to.”
Faison didn’t help himself. His statement looked self-serving rather than statesmanlike. He angered a lot of Democrats who want to give Perdue a chance to weather this storm.
Faison had done a good job in recent months pushing a jobs message and jabbing at Republicans. He has been on Twitter and Facebook constantly.
But too much naked ambition is never a good thing, especially when you’re taking advantage of fellow Democrat’s troubles.
One Democrat said of him: “He couldn’t beat David Parker for party chair. What makes him think he can beat Bev Perdue in a primary?”
And let’s talk about the optics, as they say.  Faison has a lean and hungry look. Then there’s his bald head, Fu Manchu mustache and trial-lawyer persona. The last thing he wants to do is look meaner. People like tough politicians, but not mean ones.


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2 comments on “Faison Takes a Swing

  1. Carbine says:

    For sheer entertainment value, I hope he runs. I doubt he’ll win, but things will get very interesting if he enters the race.

    And Gary, wouldn’t it make you happy to see another Democrat out there hiring consultants and paying for campaign advice? Don’t you guys in the business to better when the supply of candidates increases?

  2. Jeanne Bonds says:

    So … I’m in and can finally respond.

    I am Bill Faison’s friend and we are obviously working to turn the NC House Blue in 2012.

    Bill lightly punched on the arm and a reporter created a sensational headline – Step Aside – which was no where near what he said. Seems to me the reporter to the swing.

    A lot of people are thinking the same thing and not speaking it aloud so the only thing you can “knock” Bill Faison for is speaking his mind.

    When Mark Farineall shot back, he missed by a long shot.
    Mark does not know Bill Faison, knows nothing about Bill Faison and has no idea what the impetus was for the JOBS plan. It was not blind ambition. It was me walking to the Legislature and challenging someone I think it is very bright to come up with a solution to the emails I was getting from people in distress. Ambition? Hardly as I had to prod Bill to do something.

    While Mark Farinella tried to disparage Bill Faison, a member of the NC House (sooo not cool), his swing missed. Gov. Perdue asked Bill to run for Party Chair and then dropped the ball so the “trouncing” (need to look up some definitions Mark) of 47 little votes can easily be hung around her neck, not Bill’s. Oooops, guess your gophers forgot to tell you that Mark when they set you up with a reporter to “stage” you punch.

    Bill got two – that’s right – two emails about the reports. Not a public outcry by any stretch and I saw one – yes, one – elected official stand up for the Governor. So, where are the angry masses?? No one stood to try to correct Bill or take him on and no one, except Martin Nesbitt, stood up for the Governor, so where is the controversy Gary?

    And, yes, let’s talk optics. Faison is lean and smart. He has to eat gluten-free, he works out and he takes care of himself. His trial-lawyer persona is one of looking out for people, real people, injured and harmed whose one shot is him helping them. They like that look. Our research shows us that people like the bright, well-spoken, caring look.

    And, the opposite would be what? un lean, vacant, whiny? Seriously, is that what people want fighting for them in tough economic times? I don’t think so. If we were all rolling with glee like the 90s, maybe Bill’s persona is not the right fit, but in 2011 with a recession and people concerned, his tough look fits the “Bill.”

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