McCrory, Patrick share stage, jokes

Posted October 9, 2013
Updated October 10, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick traded jokes Wednesday at an event in Raleigh.

The event was honoring the 85th anniversary of Nationwide Insurance's operations in North Carolina. The insurer first opened its doors in the state as Farm Bureau Mutual in 1928.  

Nationwide is one of Patrick's sponsors, and she's a spokeswoman for the company. As she sat on stage before the event, crowds of employees gathered to snap cellphone photos of her. 

McCrory was seated next to her and spoke before her. 

"It’s amazing how many people wanted my picture while I sat right there," he laughed. 

"My wife is very envious of you because you get to wreck your boyfriend," the governor told Patrick, who dates fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., "There are times (lately) when my wife wants to hit me into the wall."

"It's not worth it," she told him. 

Patrick returned the favor during her remarks, joking about Nationwide’s “On Your Side” slogan.

"Boy, Nationwide really is on my side when I get to sit up here next to the governor. I’m pretty sure that could help me with speeding tickets," she said, turning to look at McCrory. "Is that the case?"  

Pausing for laughter, she persisted. "Can I get your phone number?" 

"We can make that happen," the governor joked. 

Patrick, an Arizona resident, said she considers North Carolina her adopted home because she spends so much time in Charlotte these days with her Sprint Cup team members. 


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  • corey3rd2 Oct 10, 2013

    This shows what it takes for a woman to talk to governor - keep it superficial.

  • wildpig777 Oct 10, 2013

    she cant drive and he cant govern--- profound......

  • wildpig777 Oct 10, 2013

    she likes the publicity, now she's qualified to be mc's chief of staff at 300,000 a yr. she needs that job becuz she sure cant race.....

  • TruDat Oct 9, 2013

    Watch out, Ann...

  • djofraleigh Oct 9, 2013

    Danica is the one driver I pull for every race....I want that girl, er ah, woman to win a race to shut up the men.

  • Wilson Andrew Craig, III Oct 9, 2013

    geez people....Lighten up..

  • 37 Oct 9, 2013

    She makes every room she's in look a lot better.

  • exudin Oct 9, 2013

    I am happy to see a little clean joking and light-heartedness
    given all the hateful rancor spewing forth in Raleigh and Washington right now.

  • Bartmeister Oct 9, 2013

    Haters keep on hating................

  • The Hans Oct 9, 2013

    "and there are times in the past several months when my wife wants to hit me into the wall."

    Based on what I've seen, she'd better get in line now.