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Cooper talks future at Democratic fundraiser in Durham

Democrats taking over the General Assembly and the governor's seat was the talk of a fundraiser in Durham.
November 20, 2013 8:25:45 PM PST
Democrats taking over the General Assembly and the governor's seat was the talk of a fundraiser Wednesday evening in Durham. Possible governor hopeful Attorney General Roy Cooper was in attendance.

Cooper did not make any official announcement about running for governor. He did, however, talk about his disappointment with decisions made in this year's legislative session.

"We need a change in North Carolina," Cooper told the crowd. "In 2016, we've got to make sure we have a majority in the state legislature, and if I might add, we need to elect a new governor in 2016, and I'll be talking to you about that."

But any announcement from Cooper isn't coming just yet.

"It's a little too early for a formal announcement," he said.

Cooper gathered with a crowd of supporters at the Carolina Theater to support the re-election of fellow Democrat, State Sen. Floyd McKissick. They also talked about taking back the General Assembly from Republicans.

"Our General assembly and our governor are controlled, not by just the Republican Party, but the extreme faction of the Republican Party," said Cooper.

Republicans though say they're ready to fight to keep the General Assembly, and the governor's seat. They've criticized Cooper's public stance on supporting same-sex marriage, and being against the new election law, especially with a lawsuit filed against the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In a statement, the GOP accuses Cooper of creating, "...conflicts of interest by campaigning against the very same law he has an elected duty to defend - all for the purpose of winning a Democratic primary that is still almost three years away..."

"That's ridiculous," responded Cooper.

These accusations are sure to repeat themselves in that three year time frame should Cooper try to trade in his attorney general title for that of governor.

In the meantime, outside of the courtroom, Cooper says he will continue to voice his opinion on issues like cuts to education, same-sex marriage, and election laws.

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