Price, meanwhile, passionately discussed his work as the co-chairman of the House Democracy Partnership and his work on the House Appropriations Committee.
A House Democratic strategist said leadership would be unlikely to get behind Price or Miller.
“As far as a national profile, neither of them really have one,” the source said. But Crone said he believes the party structure in the state is much more likely to support Price in a primary.
Other Tar Heel Democrats — some of whom noted there was annoyance among the party faithful at Miller’s maneuvering — said a primary would be unlikely to get nasty, given the long relationship between the two Members.
Still, the prospect of an intraparty battle has top Democrats in the state less than pleased.
“Do I want to see a Member-Member primary?” asked North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley. “No. No, I don’t. But it’s not my decision.”