- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A 2016 hopeful for governor and a North Carolina Democratic Party caucus are unhappy with comments made by the party chairman they say favored potential gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Ken Spaulding and the party’s African-American Caucus have written Chairman Randy Voller complaining he referred to Cooper as the “next governor” when Cooper spoke June 7 at the party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Spaulding is a Durham attorney who is black and announced his bid for governor last summer. Cooper says he’s planning a gubernatorial run but hasn’t announced he’s in.

Voller said Monday his comments were a mistake and a slip of the tongue and shouldn’t be considered an endorsement. He says he wants a constructive dialogue on the 2016 race but is now focused on electing Democrats this year.

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