Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is reentering the political fray. The Republican has officially launched his campaign for the Senate seat being left by retiring Sen. Richard Burr.
The Hill reports:
In conversations with The Hill in recent months, McCrory hinted that a Senate bid was in his future. Asked last month about the spate of Senate GOP retirements ahead of 2022, McCrory said that they presented “a great opportunity to bring in new blood with experience outside of D.C.”
“A former mayor or a former governor or otherwise,” he said, naming two public offices that he has previously held. “People without Washington experience and new ideas based on leadership experience outside of D.C.”
McCrory’s stressed in a video announcing his candidacy on Wednesday morning that he is not a D.C. insider, boasting that he had built his career “outside of Washington” and vowed to return “common sense” to the Senate.
“It’s time that we join together and take back the Senate from Kamala Harris, so I’m in,” McCrory said. “Let’s put America first and bring conservative North Carolina common sense to Washington.”
A number of Republicans are also considering launching campaigns to fill the soon-to-be-open Senate seat, including Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara.