N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper

Cooper says he’s building organization

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper is attempting to boost his image as the leader of North Carolina Democrats — and likely a candidate for governor — with a new web site and video asking for help opposing the state Republican agenda.

Cooper released a message Thursday to supporters containing television footage from newscasts reporting decisions by the legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory. He then urged viewers to join his team. Cooper said he’ll be “building an organization from the ground up to take back North Carolina.”

Cooper already has said he’s preparing to run for governor in 2016. Ken Spaulding is also running for the Democratic nomination.

The N.C. Republican Party criticized Cooper’s effort, saying he’s putting aside attorney general duties for politics almost three years before the next gubernatorial election.