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McCrory to take team approach to tackling NC's problems

Posted November 7, 2012

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— Fresh off his victory 12 hours earlier, Gov.-elect Pat McCrory said Wednesday morning that he hopes to bring a customer-service approach to state government as he, his administration and the Republican legislature try to rebuild North Carolina's economy.

Flanked by key members of his campaign staff, McCrory sat down with reporters for his first news conference and quickly credited the entire team for his 55 to 43 percent victory over Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. The win makes him the first Republican governor in North Carolina in 20 years – and only the third in the past century.

The former Charlotte mayor said he plans to build similar teams in his administration to carry out the vision and strategies he will set for the state on issues from transportation to health care.

"Almost every successful thing I did during my tenure as mayor – 14 years – was a team effort," he said. "I don't like people to take all the credit. It will be a team (in Raleigh)."

Businesses will be part of the team approach on rebuilding the economy, he said, noting the private sector can offer solutions to some of the problems state government faces.

"We have a mandate to fix our broken government and to fix our economy, and we're going to do it together," he said. "I want to instill a culture of customer service and efficiency and ideas (in government)."

McCrory deflected questions on handling specific issues, saying he plans to name players in his transition to governor on Thursday and will delve more into his objectives then.

After losing to Gov. Beverly Perdue in 2008, consultants told McCrory he would have to "go negative" to win a gubernatorial election. He took pride Wednesday that his campaign "stuck to our guns" and waged a positive campaign successfully this time around.

Pat McCrory with Jack Hawke McCrory holds first post-election news conference

"You can win with a positive message," he said, adding that the national political parties should take note of his victory. "A positive tone helps candidates."

McCrory isn't slowing down from his campaign schedule – "there's a sense of urgency because people are hurting out there," he said – and he plans to reach out quickly to legislative leaders on both the Republican and Democratic side. Although the GOP holds solid majorities in both the state House and Senate, he said building bipartisan consensus on issues is important.

"I don't want to make the mistake of any party, which is becoming arrogant with your power or your majorities," he said. "I think that's a huge mistake that both parties have made in the past, and I don't want that to occur in the future."

McCrory also plans to "pick the brains" of other Republican governors, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, as well as his North Carolina predecessors, former Govs. Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin.

Jindal and Haley have been seen as rising stars on the national GOP stage, but McCrory quickly dismissed a characterization of himself as a party "rock star."

"The country music acts have more long-term sustainability," he said with a laugh. "My total emphasis will be governing and leading North Carolina."

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  • driverkid3 Nov 8, 12:36 p.m.

    I really hope one of the first things he does is get a voter ID passed, then clean the illegals out of this state. That alone will get rid of some of the waste.

    He is going to be one of the best things to happen to NC in over a hundred years.

  • Tarheel born Nov 8, 12:09 p.m.

    You touch my pension I worked hard for, earned every penny of, was injured on the job keeping the public safe so I HAD to retire and contributed the majority of and I'll lead the fight to unseat anyone who attempts to do so. It's a contractural agreement so you really have NO choice! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • eclluyando Nov 8, 10:32 a.m.

    Pat McCrory for President!!

  • sunneyone2 Nov 8, 10:31 a.m.

    ACTUALLY TsKaMF, the state health plan is peanuts. PEANUTS. My husband is a veteran (spent ten months of 2002 in Afghanistan earning his VA benefits), thank God, so he's able to get all of his healthcare through the VA because the State health plan barely covers ANYTHING. They have "plans" and the "better" coverage would cost him about $200 a month, just for himself. If we add our child, it goes up to $600 a month and that does NOT include dental. I work for a non-profit with about 25 employees and OUR health plan is better than the State's. How is it that the biggest "company" in North Carolina can't afford a better health plan (basically the more people covered in a plan the lower the costs - for example a Lowe's employee can put a spouse on a plan for $90.00 because it's a National company)? The state has cut the health plan to ribbons to save money because people like YOU don't want to pay benefits anymore. State benefits are NOT extravagant.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 8, 8:20 a.m.

    "The Tax Foundation ranks NC 31st overall!!!!! " - Plenty Coups

    westernwake-"I should also mention being ranked 31st overall in tax freedom day of April 11th is a very BAD thing. This means that 30 states pay off their state taxes earlier then you."

    You are mistaken. The lowest taxed states overall, such as Tennessee, get the 50th ranking (taxes are paid off by March 31st). It signifies the date in which all total taxes are paid off. A high taxed state such as NY is ranked 2. NC's ranking of 31st signifies the relatively early day of April 11th which is the point at which the average person's taxes would be entirely paid off if you started from January 1st (101 days). NC's ranking of 31st puts 30 states with a higher state tax rate. The corporate tax rate and per capita are different statistics from what I was arguing.

    Scroll down for the USA map:
    http://taxfoundation.org/tax-topics/tax-freedom-day

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 7:57 p.m.

    "The Tax Foundation ranks NC 31st overall!!!!! " - Plenty Coups

    I should also mention being ranked 31st overall in tax freedom day of April 11th is a very BAD thing. This means that 30 states pay off their state taxes earlier then you.

  • westernwake1 Nov 7, 7:52 p.m.

    'westernwake- "What? The tax burden in the North Carolina is the second HIGHEST in the SouthEast. We are not below the national average in taxes."

    Actually, yes we are. Carolina Journal conveniently cherry picks the taxes to include in their misleading report (they include income taxes only). They leave out the very low property tax rate in NC. Once again, OVERALL taxes in NC are below the national average. The Tax Foundation ranks NC 31st overall!!!!!

    http://taxfoundation.org/state-tax-climate/north-carolina' - Plenty Coups

    So you post a link that shows that NC ranks 44th in business tax, NCs state and local tax burden is 16th nationally, North Carolina's top rate ranks 11th highest nationally, and our tax freedom day is April 11 (ranked 31st). This is NOT at all being ranked 31st nationally in tax rates.

  • miseem Nov 7, 7:46 p.m.

    By the way, that's $606 per month for coverage of a spouse.

  • miseem Nov 7, 7:43 p.m.

    westernwake1. There are all sorts of methods of revenue for states, counties and cities. Most of these surveys rely on just the most prevalent taxes that are charged by most states. They may not include special levies, school district taxes, city/county road maintence taxes, high fees, etc. The main thing is, try to figure out how some states seem to be offering the same services as other states at half the price. Do they have a special deal on asphalt? Their teachers work for half pay (that alone should bump NC up). Are all of their citizens healthy, gainfully employed at high paying jobs and not on Medicaid? There are hidden taxes and fees that are unique to some states and will not be picked up without a very detailed study. I have yet to see one. If NC actually pays such high fees, maybe we need to send about 20 auditors over to the "better" performing states and see how they get all these services so cheap.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 7, 7:33 p.m.

    westernwake-
    "What? The tax burden in the North Carolina is the second HIGHEST in the SouthEast. We are not below the national average in taxes."

    Actually, yes we are. Carolina Journal conveniently cherry picks the taxes to include in their misleading report (they include income taxes only). They leave out the very low property tax rate in NC. Once again, OVERALL taxes in NC are below the national average. The Tax Foundation ranks NC 31st overall!!!!!

    http://taxfoundation.org/state-tax-climate/north-carolina

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