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McCrory campaign also forgot two helicopter flights

Posted February 23, 2010

— Pat McCrory's gubernatorial campaign failed to report two helicopter flights valued at $3,300 taken in the waning days of his unsuccessful bid.

The manager for McCrory's campaign said Tuesday the October 2008 flights were uncovered as the State Board of Elections wrote candidates for governor since 2004 asking for more information about their air travel.

Manager Jack Hawke said the campaign filed an amended report dated last week to report the flight expenses. He said one flight invoice never reached the campaign. There was never an invoice issued for the second flight.

State Democratic Party executive director Andrew Whalen said McCrory's refiling raises more questions beyond allegations he discussed at a news conference earlier Tuesday focusing on one of the flights.

State Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer fired back by saying Gov. Beverly Perdue' and former Gov. Mike Easley's problems go well beyond unreported campaign flights.

"Gov. Perdue has engaged in a pattern of questionable behavior, including not only unreported flights, but associations with the same individuals implicated in the Easley investigations," Fetzer said in a statement. "These actions mirror those of Mike Easley and raise questions that the governor continues to avoid."


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  • spoonman Feb 24, 2010

    out of the past one hundred years in NC there have only been THREE Republican governors

  • beachboater Feb 24, 2010

    I just hope McCrory will run again. Bev rode the Obama train into office. She was pitiful in all of the debates.

  • gtstallings45 Feb 24, 2010

    Republicans on a witch hunt? Not exactly, Ain't. THe STate Board of Elections are mostly democrats, and mostly appointed by Easley and others.

    I think the point here is what Bev would love - only 2 missed flights. It is easy to believe that McCrory actually made a mistake by not reporting 2 flights. It is pathetic that we democrats can only come up with this as a 'see I told ya, those Republicans are corrupt, too.' When in fact McCrory's omission appears to be just that - a mistake. But BEV missed reporting 31 (and the number grows weekly). I think that is more of an issue. What I fear most is that the unreported campaign flights are just the tip of the iceberg of Bev's deep seeded corruption. This lifelong democrat is so, so sorry to see Bev running this state into the ground and am offended everytime she squeaks out the word transparency. She has no clue.

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 24, 2010

    Maybe they were so baked they plum forgot about them chopper rides?

  • tatermommy52 Feb 23, 2010

    Where was the Lt gov and the Att General during this. What did they know and when did they know it. All McCrory needs to say is 'miss me yet'.

  • Mitch Feb 23, 2010

    Really, this is the best they could come up with?

  • timothycapwell Feb 23, 2010

    I can understand missing 2, but more than 2 dozen like "Bev" did. Nah. That's a pattern.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Feb 23, 2010

    Punish him accordingly. Then punish Gov Bev appropriately. McCrory has nothing to worry about. He'll get a fine. Gov Bev and the rest of the Dems will be in prison as much as they skirted the system. LOL.

  • Raleigh Boys Feb 23, 2010

    OMG. Republicans omit travel expenses too in NC? Who would have thought that was possible? I mean, it is all those republicans on the witch hunt regarding travel with the Democrats.