McCrory legacy to include fiscal control, HB2

Posted December 6, 2016

— The skills and circumstances that made Gov. Pat McCrory a popular moderate mayor of Charlotte didn't always translate to the state's top job, and McCrory had to acknowledge Monday that he would be a one-term governor.

After releasing a two-minute concession via YouTube video, McCrory has declined to publicly talk about his four years in office or his future plans. But he is scheduled to meet Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump in New York, and a source close to McCrory said he could be in line for a top job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Energy or the Department of Transportation.

FEMA would be a good fit for McCrory, his supporters and critics agree, noting that he was at his best leading North Carolina through hurricanes, floods and snowstorms.

"The governor is probably one of the finest crisis governors we've ever had," Republican political consultant Chris Sinclair said Tuesday.

Sinclair and Democratic counterpart Brad Crone also praised McCrory's push for government savings and efficiency.

"We're going to get our fiscal house in order, and we're going to make it better for generations to come," Sinclair said. "I think we as citizens will forever feel the impact of that."

But transitioning from mayor to governor takes political savvy, strength and nuance.

"The legislature put him in too many boxes and too many corners that made him look like a far right-wing social conservative," Crone said.

Crone cited House Bill 2, which the governor quickly signed and fiercely defended, even when the law prompted a national storm of criticism for limiting gay and transgender rights.

"The big anchor around McCrory's neck is going to be HB2," he said.

McCrory also took heat for the state's handling of coal ash, film incentives and a toll road project on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte.

"He was used to walking the street and everyone liking him," Sinclair said. "Then he gets here, and immediately some folks don't like him, and that was a big adjustment."

After one term, McCrory must now adjust to not being governor, yet few doubt his run in government and politics is over.

"I think the future for Pat McCrory is very bright," Crone said.


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  • Bryan Jeffries Dec 9, 2016
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    "Both conservatives and liberals agree that McCrory really was an amazing crisis leader."

    The same things are almost always said about governors during emergencies. I'm a little more cynical than to shower praise on a politician who throws on a windbreaker and reads from prepared speeches.

  • Anna Temple Dec 8, 2016
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    How much will that cleanup cost and when will it be finished. I certainly hope soon. I know the governor likes things fixed in a hurry

  • Jacob Young Dec 8, 2016
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    The Coal Ash Bill will not be coming due. Shareholders will pick up the tab.

    But after reading months of your illogical, partisan, hateful ramblings, you'll just ignore this as well.

  • Lance Boyle Dec 8, 2016
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    Fiscal control? Really? Let us know when the Coal Ash bill comes due? The devil is in the details. Big League.

  • Sean Chen Dec 7, 2016
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    Both conservatives and liberals agree that McCrory really was an amazing crisis leader.

    Cringing at the thought of Cooper leading us through an emergency.

    Maybe he'll be hiding in the women's restroom given that seems to be his priority.

  • Judy Loftin Dec 7, 2016
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    Mcrory was a great Governor, and will be missed, especially when Cooper ruins our state.

  • Danielle White Dec 7, 2016
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    Don't forget apparently endless whining (at least 3 years of it) about the media being unfair to him/his administration, or for asking him questions about recently signed legislation, etc.

  • Evan Morris Dec 7, 2016
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    Agreed. I voted for McCrory 8 years ago because it was obvious that Bev Perdue would be little more than a puppet. Bev won and it was a bust. With no real veto power, McCrory (and the rest of us) had to contend with the zealots in the Legislature. When he made the choice to become the face of their extremism, he lost the moderates in the center.

  • Rick Nolte Dec 7, 2016
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    Your legacy involves public restrooms? Now THAT is something a winger can be proud of!

  • Pete Muller Dec 7, 2016
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    Mc Crory could have been reelected in a breeze had he not accepted the membership in the flat earth society. He campaigned as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. The bait and switch is what people didn't forgive him for. Instead of signing HB2 the same day with a smirk on the face, he could have vetoed the bill citing the discrimination problems and the governmental overreach into the business of the cities.