McCrory: Capitol protesters cursed me

Posted July 11, 2013
Updated July 12, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory says he has often entered the crowds at the North Carolina Capitol protesting decisions he and Republican legislative leaders advocate, and gotten cussed out in the process.

McCrory said during a visit to Wilson on Wednesday that he welcomes protesters, but his interactions haven't been pleasant.

"I go out in the crowd all of the time. Frankly, yesterday I went out and talked to several of them and they were not very respectful. They did not represent the majority of people who call themselves moral by cussing me out, but, you know, that's the way things go sometimes," McCrory said in an interview with The Wilson Times (http://bit.ly/12kloPj).

McCrory said last month he had no desire to meet with protesters. There have been no previous reports of the governor engaging with demonstrators. A McCrory spokeswoman did not respond to multiple messages seeking comment Thursday.

Near-weekly demonstrations opposing polices advanced by the legislature's Republican majority have gone on in Raleigh for nearly three months and led to more than 700 arrests. The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has called the demonstrations starting each week "Moral Monday." Their aim is spotlighting GOP-backed legislation rejecting the expansion of Medicaid to the working poor, slashing benefits to the unemployed, eliminating jobs in public education and placing restrictions on voting.

The Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president, said Friday that his group has never encountered McCrory at one of its protests.

"We have not seen nor heard from the governor," Barber said in an email to WRAL News. "And his description of Moral Monday once again reveals he hasn't seen or chosen to really listen to us but instead continues to be dismissive of the very citizens he was elected to serve, which is disrespectful to the purpose of his office."

Barber said he does not condone anyone cursing McCrory, but he said the governor's policies must be "passionately challenged."

The governor's office reiterated his claim that the exchange happened.

“Governor Pat McCrory interacts with many people, including protesters,” said Kim Genardo, the governor’s communications director. “Every day he walks to and from work, to meetings in government buildings, and throughout the city of Raleigh. When possible the governor will stop and chat with the people of North Carolina.”

Demonstrators again flocked to the legislative building Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to protest legislation increasing regulation of abortion clinics, which critics say would force many to close.


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  • disgusted2010 Jul 12, 2013

    I guess by the news release from the Governor's office posted on WRAL, McCrory considers the citizens and voters of NC "the crowd." One more example of how arrogant and out of touch he actually is.

  • disgusted2010 Jul 12, 2013

    McCrory is a typical politician. He has his spokesperson (i.e. the person responsible for keeping his foot out of his mouth) make a news release after business hours on Friday afternoon, hoping it will go away over the weekend.

  • soyousay Jul 12, 2013

    .....Gov. Pat McCrory backed away from a statement that left the impression he frequently waded into crowds of protesters angry with Republican legislative initiatives, saying Friday he often interacts while walking near the demonstrations though he doesn't mingle among his critics.

    so he was lying, straight up

  • soyousay Jul 12, 2013

    While I don't believe its a good idea to curse at the Governor I certainly can understand why it happened...

    really. try not beleiving it happened- because it didn't

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 12, 2013

    I guess he would be up set if he heard all the commment being made about him. ( I'm thinking of the Duke rate hike request).

  • rhess2 Jul 12, 2013

    While I don't believe its a good idea to curse at the Governor I certainly can understand why it happened. People that are being entirely ignored are frustrated. When the Governor stated he wasn't interested in meeting with protesters in essence he is saying I really don't care about you or your issues of concern. Perhaps if Governor McCrory tried acting like a governor for all the people of North Carolina he will garner more respect.

  • timmystrickland402 Jul 12, 2013

    If I had the support of voters and money to file to run for Governor, I would reverse everything Pat McCrory has done to hurt the citizens of North Caroina.

  • jimstaro Jul 12, 2013

    Pat has finally gone full FOX fantasy nation, been heading that way since his loss, using the real bad propaganda methods and the te**ags will readily buy it!! Pat, next time you want to story tell get photo's, in this day and age c'mon son, or even video taken by one of your offices associates to actually prove the story, otherwise actually speak the truth!! After all I remember ya as a self proclaimed very christian family man, but hey it doesn't take much to turn into a tool of failed ideologies!!

  • disgusted2010 Jul 12, 2013

    Pat is beginning to remind me of Bev? At least Bev lied by denying things she did, not making up things she did not do.

  • goldenosprey Jul 12, 2013

    The American Way is also working hard and applying yourself. Something the left does not support at all." nc outerbanks

    That tiresome lie. Progressives work hard to get by in this increasingly feudalistic country you helped to warp. We will certainly work hard and apply ourselves at taking the state back from the dark forces of ignorance and reaction.