McCrory responds to NYT: 'NC is on powerful comeback'

Posted July 13, 2013

— Three days after an editorial in The New York Times ripped the policies of North Carolina's Republican-led General Assembly, Gov. Pat McCrory on Saturday wrote a response to the newspaper praising the state's leadership for making the "tough decisions that we were elected to do."

Headlined "North Carolina's Path: The Governor's View," Saturday's letter to the editor claimed that the state is on the road to a powerful comeback and also offered examples of how many of the reforms passed by North Carolina's General Assembly in the last six months are paying off.

"Already companies have announced plans to create more than 9,300 jobs in the state and invest more than $1.1 billion in facilities," the letter said. "The jet engine manufacturer GE Aviation is bringing its advanced materials production to a new facility near Asheville."

McCrory also pointed to his experience as the mayor of Charlotte, saying that during his time leading the city he didn't bother with keeping tabs on what side of the political aisle ideas came from as long as they solved a problem in a cost effective way for taxpayers. 

McCrory said it was that sort of collaboration that transformed Charlotte from a "regional hub" into a "leading national metropolitan center."

"My reforms have stepped on the toes of the political right and the left who are vested in the old ways of doing business," McCrory wrote. "But in my 14 years as mayor of Charlotte, I learned it didn't matter whether a good idea came from a Republican or a Democrat."

In Wednesday's editorial, The New York Times said North Carolina's reputation as a progressive state has been damaged by the General Assembly.

"North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness in the South, an exception in a region of poor education, intolerance and tightfistedness. In a few short months, Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build," the editorial said.

The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Fox News also have pointed a harsh spotlight on changes in the state, from cuts to unemployment benefits to the repeal of the Racial Justice Act to the abortion restrictions now under consideration.

In his response Saturday, McCrory did not address unemployment benefit changes or the ongoing protests that 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.


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  • ConservativeVoter Jul 16, 2013

    Typical liberal Democrat actions, if you can't get your way because the voters voted you out of office.

    Use the liberal Democrat controlled NYT to attack the people that the voters put in office.

  • Mon Account Jul 16, 2013

    Yeah, right, just like his approval rating is coming back anytime soon - don't hold your breath.

  • Frank Downtown Jul 16, 2013

    He forgot to add "Rich, white, male powerfull comeback". If you are a woman or a minority you are becomming less important and marginalized.

  • commonsense4 Jul 16, 2013

    "CNBC........... who watches that anyway, much less what they think"

    The problem is that only ones that think there is nothing wrong are the dumbest in the state while the rest of the country just laughs at all of the disgusting traits of the old south coming back to this once proud state. Now it is a disgusting hole of hate led by the biggest hypocrites ever known . . . bless your hearts!

  • commonsense4 Jul 16, 2013

    "let them wallow in their own problems before they cast stones at our great state."

    A state full of racists and homophobes that pretend to be religious but don't even realize how much they contradict the bible every day!

  • commonsense4 Jul 16, 2013

    "McCrory also pointed to his experience as the mayor of Charlotte,"

    Charlotte is a hole thanks to him with the worst school system - exactly what he wanted - a dumbed down electorate for the future!

    You can't honestly be trying to help North Carolina residents if you hire Art Pope as chief corrupter! Look up Art Pope and you will be horrified that this guy has this power in this state!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jul 15, 2013

    "The leading candidates for Mayor in NY are Switzer and Weiner and the NY Times wants to call our state names. Look in the mirror NY. NY smells like a dirty trash can, subways are nasty, the streets and sidewalks are crowded. Apartment buildings are 3rd world at best and safety is a real concern." - jdupree

    At the risk of pointing out the obvious: the New York Times is a newspaper. It does not necessarily represent the people of New York City, nor the government in New York City - just as the N&O doesn't necessarily speak for both you and I, and obviously not for Pat McCrory.

    And no, the New York Times didn't call you names. They made some (unfortunately) very accurate observations about the current state of politics and economics in North Carolina, as relates to the actions of the governor and state legislature during the past 6 months.

  • jdupree Jul 15, 2013

    The leading candidates for Mayor in NY are Switzer and Weiner and the NY Times wants to call our state names. Look in the mirror NY. NY smells like a dirty trash can, subways are nasty, the streets and sidewalks are crowded. Apartment buildings are 3rd world at best and safety is a real concern.

  • IPayYouPay Jul 15, 2013

    Gunny ... Obama was given only 8 months before you i_____s started raising the roof. ylisabet2... I agree.

    It was bush's fault he did it in 8 years...give obama the same 8 years duration. Bush has 8 Obama has 8. Even stevens buddy.

  • ylisabet2 Jul 15, 2013

    My father worked for the same company in NC for almost 30 years! He was top management for over 15 of those years! When things got tough, pay cuts were made across the board...everyone from the top to the bottom took a cut to prevent job losses! Too bad McCrory gave raises to his cronies so quickly....not setting a good example! Guess our state isn't in as bad a shape as they claim...for some, anyway!