Raleigh, N.C. — Sometimes, Gov. Pat McCrory says, criticizing an outlandish idea can do more harm than good.
During an interview with WRAL News Tuesday morning, McCrory said he has purposefully avoided weighing in on bills that have garnered unfavorable national attention, such as measures advocating for the establishment of a state religion or extending the waiting period for divorce in North Carolina.
"I have tried to stay out of the minutia of issues that probably won't see the light of day, except in the media," McCrory said.
He noted that a lot of the more attention-grabbing issues "die a quiet death" before they get close to passage. As governor, he said, his words can draw attention to items where it is not deserved.
"At times when I interfere, it raises the profile even more and causes more long-term issues," McCrory said. "That's why you don't see me get involved in every single debate."
That said, McCrory said that he does give feedback "behind the scenes," adding, "You've got to let the process work."
McCrory says he doesn't want to lose focus on issues such as education reform, job recruiting and fixing Medicaid.
"I didn't run on a bill to extend the period to get a divorce, or motorcycle helmets or the list goes on," he said. "Let the legislature go through its process."