McCrory uses video to announce re-election run

Posted December 1, 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Gov. Pat McCrory used social media and an online video Tuesday afternoon to announce he would seek a second term.

"Long before I was elected governor, one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my life was to come home after my job was eliminated and tell Ann I didn't have a job anymore," McCrory says in a voice-over as his video starts.

He uses that story as a jumping off point to tout his administration's efforts to improve the economy and "do more to help people find a job or the training they need to get back on their feet."

The first-term Republican announced his re-election run with little fanfare or buildup on the first day of the filing period for the 2016 campaign. Candidates have until noon on Dec. 21 to officially sign up to run.

McCrory is the first Republican to enter the field, and barring an as-yet unexpected challenge, he should have a clear path to his party's nomination. At least two Democrats have announced they will vie to take on McCrory: Durham lawyer Ken Spaulding and Attorney General Roy Cooper, who announced his run in early October.

In recent months, McCrory has made moves that appeared designed to appeal to a conservative primary base of voters, including joining a handful of other states and one other governor in support of a Virginia school district facing a discrimination lawsuit over the use of bathrooms by a transgender high school student.

But in his announcement video, McCrory emphasizes economic matters, not social issues, referencing his call for a "Carolina Comeback" from the 2012 campaign.

"I'm running for governor not because of what we've accomplished. I'm running for governor because our comeback story isn't over; there's still more to do," McCrory says.

As he enters the campaign, McCrory is both buoyed and burdened by incumbency. He can point to an economy that has improved during his term in office, although political opponents will dispute how much credit he deserves.

"Pat McCrory came to Raleigh promising moderation and reform, but he’s proven to be a secretive special interest politician whose policies have made it harder on average working families," said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. "He’s balanced huge tax cuts for people at the top with tax hikes on seniors and working families."

Despite a sometimes fractious relationship with the General Assembly, McCrory also can point to several high-profile legislative wins, including a $2 billion bond referendum that will be on the primary ballot.

But he will also be dogged by criticism and potential scandal, including questions about his involvement in awarding a prison maintenance contract to a friend and political donor.


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  • Michael Diaz Dec 5, 2015
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  • Fred Holt Dec 2, 2015
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    To quote a GOP darling who ascended to the White House, failed to "keep us safe", and nearly trashed the global economy, "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, fool me, fool me, can't get fooled again".

  • Libby Lynn Dec 2, 2015
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    Abort campaign. Repeat: Abort campaign.

  • Hamilton Bean Dec 2, 2015
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    Face facts people--while I don't agree with everything McCrory has done, have to admit that he has accomplished more to repair the absolute mess he inherited from Purdue and the over 100 years of tax and spend by the Dims. He's got my vote for sure...

  • John Snow Dec 2, 2015
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    Go Roy!!!

  • Carl Keehn Dec 2, 2015
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    Mr. Boswell, you repeatedly assert the same distortions and fallacies to try and prove your point, in spite of the fact that you have been corrected numerous time.

    You ignore the fact that in 2010, a Republican Majority was elected to both the Legislature and Senate, the "Democrat 2012 policies" are in fact solely on the Legislature that took office in January 2011. You are ignoring the fact that job creation is lagging the National average, the current legislature is not doing too good a job of creating jobs. You are basing your state tax claims on a partisan site, in fact many of the middle class saw their tax burden rise after the last "tax cut" and in addition saw sales tax increases which raised their overall tax burden even higher.

  • Kelly Birdsall Dec 2, 2015
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    Anyone can make anything look good on paper by maneuvering legal loop holes but that doesn't mean it represents the truth. This man does not care about the people of NC but he does care about making sure his pockets are lined & his special interests are taken care of!!

  • Tom Boswell Dec 1, 2015
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    You decide on the FACTS. When McCrory took office we had an unemployment rate of 9.5% which ranked the country's 47th highest. In less than three years we are now ranked 39th with a rate of 5.7%. This decrease of 3.8% represents the second largest decrease in the country. According to the Gallup job creation index we were ranked 43rd in 2013 based on the Democrats 2012 policies. In one year under Republican control we are now ranked 30th. According to the Tax Foundations web site our overall state tax burden in one year went from the 7th highest in the country to the 34th highest. They stated in their long history it is the largest difference in one year. We owed the Federal Government 2.5 billion in unemployment benefits. Fast forward to Republican control in just 2 1/2 years, we have paid off the 2.5 billion. With Democrats in control before McCrory, we had a 2.5 billion dollar deficit. At the time it was the countries fifth largest. We now have a 445 million dollar surplus.

  • Steven Cousler Dec 1, 2015
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    1 term too many - NO!

  • Paul Maxwell Dec 1, 2015
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    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.