There is a rampant rumor at the State Capitol that Cathy Cox has decided to run for Lieutenant Governor instead of Governor.
Neither Cox nor Taylor have qualified yet. This meshes with several items of gossip over the past few days that behind the scenes the Cox campaign was struggling for renewed identity and suffering internal turmoil. They may just be switching strategies for a new race.
Developing . . .
[UPDATE]: Further rumor is that there will be some sort of special announcement, but again — it is just rumor. Taylor, Cox, and Republican Brent Brown are the only three known statewide candidates not to have qualified as of now.
[UPDATE 2]: A mutual close friend tells me that Secretary Cox has no intention of getting out of the Governor’s race.
A question we must ask ourselves is why Taylor and Cox both waited until the last minute to qualify and now risk sharing the spotlight as opposed to owning a news cycle unless there were behind the scenes negotiations — regardless of how successful they were.
[UPDATE 3]: Secretary Cox just qualified for the Governor’s race. Now, all of us can go back to hounding out other rumors.