We were glad to hear yesterday that Winston-Salem City councilman Dan Besse is exploring a run for lieutenant governor in 2008. Besse is an environmental lawyer, served on the N.C. Environmental Management Commission, and practices his Democratic ideals. He's one of the good guys.
The race for lt. gov. in '08 could be crowded. Pat Smathers, mayor of Canton, is already running hard. Jim Harrill of Surry County wants it, evidently. There's talk of state senator Walter Dalton of Rutherfordton. Who knows who else? There's many a barbecue between now and 2008.
On the downside, we also hear that Roy Cooper is deciding against a run for governor. Too, too bad.