Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Who's at the front of the line to replace Mel Watt?

It's far from a sure thing that Rep. Mel Watt will get confirmed as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Republicans have made it clear they don't like the nomination, which means they'll likely use procedural maneuvers to require 60 votes, not just a majority, for Watt to get confirmed. That's a high hill to climb. 

So consider Public Policy Polling's latest NC-12 survey a just-in-case kind of thing. The poll, released earlier Tuesday, shows N.C. Sen. Malcom Graham as the frontrunner to replace Watt. Graham got 31 percent of the vote, ahead of Alma Adams, who at 22 perceent was the only other candidate in double digits. Attorney George Battle III, who announced his candidacy this week, is tied with N.C. Rep Beverly Earle at 8 percent, followed by N.C. Rep Marcus Brandon at 5 percent, former Mecklenburg commissioner Harold Cogdell and N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore at 3 percent. All are Democrats except Cogdell, who is an independent.

Graham has the advantage of name recognition in Mecklenburg County thanks to his time in Raleigh, his six years on the Charlotte City Council and ties to Johnson C. Smith University. He's the only candidate that more than half the respondents knew recognized. Earle, Cogdell and Battle aren't far behind, however. And that's what campaigns are for.


3 comments:

BolynMcClung said...

THE FUN ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION IS....


....to ask Kim Ratcliff.

But a real serious answer is to look at what Mr. Watt has done and consider a person who can continue that kind of service and representation.



Bolyn McClung
Pineville, NC

Unknown said...

What? Marcus Brandon is not the front runner? I heard he stopped voting in the NC House because he was out buying furniture to refurnish Mel Watt's old congressional office....

CharlotteObserver said...

Fannie would be the choice, if you wanted to focus on those who Mel served so well.