The other shoe finally dropped.
Former NC Chief Justice Cheri Beasley officially launched her campaign for Richard Burr's Senate seat this morning, joining what Brian Murphy called "a robust field" of other candidates, some of whom have been campaigning for months.
Beasley is the fifth Democrat in the race, joining former state Sen. Erica Smith, state Sen. Jeff Jackson, virologist Richard Watkins, and Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton. Smith and Watkins are also Black. Realistically, the ultimate showdown will probably be between Jeff Jackson and Cheri Beasley.
Brian Murphy's reporting:
Beasley was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2012, then won her seat in 2014. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper elevated her to chief justice in 2019.
She has not run for partisan office before, and her launch offered few details about her positions on any hot-button or current issues before Congress. Instead, she called for opening doors.
“Whether it’s health care, education, or the ability to find work that supports a family and retire with dignity, too often Washington only responds to the well-connected. As we come out of this pandemic, now more than ever, that needs to end,” Beasley said.
Beasley's launch video is worth watching: