Raleigh, N.C. — At the beginning of Gov. Pat McCrory's term in 2013, @NCCapitol launched its promise tracker in an effort to see if campaign pledges would translate into government action.
The answer has largely been yes.
Pat McCrory Promise Tracker Of the 33 specific campaign pledges we identified, McCrory has fully followed through on 23 of them. We gave him mixed marks on three items – meaning he missed the letter of the pledge but not the spirit – and he broke two specific campaign pledges.
Here are some of the most recent changes to our tracker:
- We have given McCrory full marks for his pledges to keep a governor's office open in Charlotte and to maintain North Carolina's right-to-work status. While those technically won't be fully complete until the end of his first term, McCrory shows no signs of backing off of either.
- Legislative action this year, brought about in part by recommendations by McCrory's administration, followed through on a pledge to eliminate obsolete boards and commissions.
- The administration has dispatched high-level officials, including the governor, overseas to recruit businesses.
As the 2016 campaign season begins, that leaves us with five 2012 campaign pledges from McCrory that we're still monitoring that cover a hodgepodge of subjects.
For example, McCrory's plans to open North Carolina to natural gas production through fracking have been slowed not for any lack of trying – the governor continues to be a vocal proponent of energy exploration – but by a court fight over who can appoint members to the board that will oversee drilling.
The state has still not sold land originally purchased for a deep-water port that McCrory blasted during his 2012 campaign. In addition, a pledge to bring about more testing for ninth-graders seems to have fizzled. As well, we're keeping an eye on how well pledges of transparency hold up.
The reporters for WRAL's @NCCapitol will continue to monitor McCrory's remaining promises throughout 2016 and make a final tally at the end of his term.
Sometime after the March 15 primary, we'll be asking you for help in building our next gubernatorial promise tracker. We'll be compiling a list of pledges and plans offered by the Republican and Democratic nominees for the state's highest job, and we'll give you a way to nominate promises from the contenders.
After the November general election, we'll turn the list you help us build into a new tracker for whoever takes the oath of office in 2017.