I recently participated in a conversation with several diehard Republicans and a Democrat. The governor’s election came up. The Democrat supports Cathy Cox. The Republicans are having trouble. They desperately want Cathy Cox to lose the primary not because they think she can beat Sonny, but because they’ll have a difficult decision whether or not to vote for a Democrat if she wins — and they all say they will.
The synopsis of the discussion is that the Republicans all felt like Sonny has governed more as a Democrat than a Republican. They don’t really know what he has done. Cathy Cox seems nice and fair. Mark Taylor isn’t viewed as too favorable. So, if Cox loses, all (even the Democrat) will vote for Sonny. If Cox win, these Republican will, for the first time, be
flipping the switch pressing the button for a Democrat.
The trouble with Sonny is that he has been overshadowed by the first Republican General Assembly and has a reputation as a hot head. Sonny is having to recapture a good portion of his base that has fallen in love with Cathy Cox. We have 11 months to go. He should be able to do that. But then again, he should have been able to avoid this problem to begin with.
It will make for a fun year.