Raleigh, N.C. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory picked up an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Businesses today. That's not a shock, given that NFIB is both a pro-business group and known for its sympathy toward GOP causes. NFIB, for example, was a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that sought to overturn the 2010 healthcare law.
From a McCrory news release:
Pat McCrory understands the challenges facing North Carolina's small-business owners, and he's committed to solving them,” said Gregg Thompson, state director of NFIB/North Carolina, the state's leading small business association.
“He has proven his leadership abilities as the seven-term mayor of Charlotte, working with both parties to turn the region into an economic powerhouse and create tens of thousands of net new jobs,” Thompson said. “He's outlined a clear vision and strategy to help small businesses create the jobs that are going to lead us out of this economic unease.
“I am honored to have NFIB's support in this campaign to fix North Carolina's broken economy and broken government,” said Pat McCrory. “While other states with strong executive leadership have been reforming and implementing policies to grow their economies and get out of the recession, North Carolina has been falling behind. Our next governor must work to grow the economy through the private sector - not government - and implement policies to help existing businesses, grow, create jobs and compete.”
NFIB's political support is based on the candidate's position and record on small business issues. The endorsement comes from the NFIB/North Carolina SAFE (Save America's Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/North Carolina's membership.