Protzman ends gubernatorial campaign

"I don't have the stomach for it," he says
Oct. 17, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

Saying he "doesn't have the stomach for it," former Chapel Hill Town Councilman Jim Protzman announced this week he won't be running in 2016 for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination after all.

Protzman in a blog posting on Wednesday urged supporters to instead "keep an eye" on Durham former state Rep. Ken Spaulding, a "good guy" in his estimation who's said he'll stay in the race even if N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper joins it.

The former councilman, who served from 1993 to 1995, made it clear he hadn't enjoyed campaigning.

"It turns out that campaigns aren't even about ideas," Protzman said. "They're about money and connections. I knew that going in, but somehow I didn't internalize it. Now that I have, it's like drinking poison."

He added, "Seeing how candidates have to maneuver to curry favor is sickening.  Witnessing the shallowness of the electorate is depressing.  And there's the always-present stench of corporate influence."