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McCrory says he needs to let legislative process work

Posted April 9, 2013

— 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."

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  • kleigh444 Apr 18, 2013

    Photo voter ID does nothing to address the most common form of voter fraud used in NC, Absentee voting. However:

    1) eliminate the ability of citizens to register and vote on the same day.
    2) disenfranchise citizen voters who are legally dependent on their parents, but live at a different address; citizens legally should vote in the precinct where they reside. If they do vote legally, their parents suffer an illegal rise in their income tax.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of cases of absentee voter fraud, mostly committed by people casting GOP votes for house bound patients, is being made easier.
    3) cut the number of days people can vote.
    4) eliminate Sunday voting, half the days available to working people.
    5) imposes a poll tax and wait period especially for older women whose names may not match their birth certificates. They must send off to the counties they married or divorced in for the certified copies which cost $10 each, in order to prove their own identities.
    6) will cost money, even i

  • OpenM1nd Apr 9, 2013

    Smart man. Why waste time on the silly matters that eventually take care of themselves? There are bigger problems on which to focus solutions, and the petty stuff is the least of these matters. It's too easy to get bogged down on every little thing that crosses my desk, so I can see where the governor is coming from.

  • wral mods blow close my account Apr 9, 2013

    "He's been in office less than 3 months and you're already writing the history of his entire term. How rational." Ripcord

    In Authur's defence, Pat's first 3 mos have been pretty miserable.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 9, 2013

    He will be remembered as an ineffective leader who allowed big business and his friends shape his agenda and political goals." - Arthur downtown

    He's been in office less than 3 months and you're already writing the history of his entire term. How rational.-Ripcord

    While the Right has been blaming Obama for things that happened before he was even elected. (2008 recession for starters) Don't recall you 'correcting' a single one of them....

  • Grand Union Apr 9, 2013

    ""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.""

    So you have no opinion until it comes onto your desk for signing? Is that leadership?

  • Ripcord Apr 9, 2013

    "He will be remembered as an ineffective leader who allowed big business and his friends shape his agenda and political goals." - Arthur downtown

    He's been in office less than 3 months and you're already writing the history of his entire term. How rational.

  • concerncitizen Apr 9, 2013

    "Sometimes, Gov. Pat McCrory says, criticizing an outlandish idea can do more harm than good." What? Like a state religion! Do we all have to attend? Do we all pay ten percent of our earns to the state religion? Nothing good can come from giving one party total control!

  • uBnice Apr 9, 2013

    One term and done.

  • Frank Downtown Apr 9, 2013

    He will be remembered as an ineffective leader who allowed big business and his friends shape his agenda and political goals.

  • floydthebarber Apr 9, 2013

    This is an incredibly weak cop-out from someone shaping up to be an ineffective leader. McCrory has no handle over his republican colleagues in the NC house & senate and has already allowed poisonous legislation to pass with nary a whisper from the governor's mansion.

    If he wants a reputation as a reform-oriented moderate republican he needs to have the courage to stand up to extremists in his own party.