Monday Wrap: McCrory on MetLife; looking ahead to voter ID
Posted March 11, 2013
Updated March 12, 2013
After dodging questions last week about any role he might have played in a deal to get MetLife to bring jobs to North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory sat down with reporters Monday to talk about it.
McCrory was working for Charlotte-based law and lobbying firm Moore & Van Allen when the firm was negotiating with the state a $94 million tax incentive deal – the most generous the state's seen in about six years.
The governor said that he not only had no input in the deal but that he didn't even know about it. McCrory said he feels like he's being attacked for his experience in the private sector, which he feels is an asset to the state, given the current economic situation.
It's worth pointing out that in 2011, then-Gov. Bev Perdue was attacked by Republicans about the Continental Tire deal. Senate Republicans turned down the deal partly because her son worked at the law firm that represented Continental Tire.
On Tuesday, the big news will be the public hearing on a voter ID law. The public won't be able to comment on the specifics of the legislation, but they will be able to weigh in on the matter.
The 50 slots available on the online sign-up page are already filled up, but Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, co-chairman of the House Elections Committee, said staff will be available at the door to sign up additional speakers on a first-come, first-served basis.