Former N.C. Congressman Bill Cobey joins Kasich’s presidential campaign

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Governor John Kasich speaking with attendees at the 2016 First in the Nation Town Hall hosted by the New Hampshire Republican Party in Nashua, New Hampshire. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

RALEIGH – Former North Carolina Congressman Bill Cobey announced Wednesday he has joined Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign.

Cobey said in a statement he served in Congress with Gov. Kasich and was impressed.

Bill Cobey (left) talks to former Gov. Jim Martin at an event in October 2015.

Bill Cobey (left) talks to former Gov. Jim Martin at an event in October 2015.

“I was able to observe firsthand his extraordinary ability and energy to get things done,” Cobey said. “John is a proven executive and legislative leader who will make an exceptional president. He has my enthusiastic support.”

Cobey worked with Gov. Kasich when Cobey represented the 4th Congressional District from 1985-87.

“I’m grateful to my friend and former colleague Bill Cobey for his support,” Kasich said. “His extensive experience in North Carolina politics has given him an exceptional understanding of the issues that matters most to voters. I have no doubt that Bill will be an invaluable asset for our campaign going forward.”

Cobey currently is serving as a chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education and is a member of Gov. Pat McCrory’s education cabinet.

Cobey also has a background in presidential campaigning. He served as Gov. Mike Huckabee’s North Carolina Campaign Chair in 2008 and 2016.

In a statement, Gov. Kasich expressed his gratitude of the addition of Cobey.

The North Carolina primary is March 15.