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Fast forward to 2013, he is the partisan
McCrory says, "This is a citizens' grassroots effort to go to Raleigh to say, ‘To hell with partisan politics. It's inexcusable to get in a partisan fight over crime.'" He added, "This is not a political issue. This is a life and death issue."
Now that former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory is governor of North Carolina, Queen City leaders react to what lies ahead. Several Charlotte City Council members say they have high hopes for the new governor but some wonder if he will hold his ground in Raleigh.Moderate? Yeah, that went out the window with his attack on the poor, women and minorities. Pat Mac has repealed the racial justice act , cut unemployment benefits and took over Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Something he said would've never happened while he was mayor.
"Pat McCrory is the right man at the right time," said City Councilman Andy Dulin.
Charlotte leaders are not only confident he can do the job, but some also said this is a day the city can be proud of.
"Having a former mayor of Charlotte serve as governor is an honor for our city and says a lot about the leadership we bring to the state," Councilman David Howard said in a statement Friday.
"May we all working together be a beacon of hope and progress for our nation and of course for our great state," said Gov. McCrory in his inauguration ceremony.
While City Councilman Michael Barnes says McCrory was moderate as mayor, he hopes that holds true as governor.
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In 2008, the first time he ran for governor, not too many people outside of the Charlotte area knew who in the hell he was.
Obviously, Charlotte had no idea of the bigot who lurked inside the former Democrat. Yes. Pat Mac used to be a donkey. (Some might argue that he is still a jackass, but I digress.)
Bensalem resident Evelyn Hill admits that she doesn't know a whole lot about McCrory, but she's not voting for him.Well, Ms. Hill, I'm sure Pat Mac 2.0 is meeting all of your conservative needs.
"What little bit I know about him is that he's a moderate Republican, and I won't vote for him ever," she says. "A moderate is just like a Democrat. And when you can't tell the Saints from the Ain'ts, what's the purpose of having two parties?"
This is what kind of Governor he said he'd be in 2008:
"I have stepped on the toes of the far right and the far left," he says. "I anticipate doing the same thing as governor."He lost to Bev Purdue. So, he came back cloaked in conservative Tea Party clothes and beat the hell out of Walter Dalton. Now, the state of North Carolina is suffering. It's enough to make you want to move to South Carolina. The New York Times was right, North Carolina is in decline.
He says that the mass-transit and light-rail issues in Charlotte are examples of him doing what's best for the future.
"Many of the people in my party strongly disagreed with that, but I felt it was the best long-term thing to do for our city and region. I didn't waver, and I think in the long term we will find out that it's the best decision; and we're finding out that it's the best decision in the short term. And ... I've disagreed with the political left on many issues, such as the death-penalty moratorium to the living wage to certain tax increases. I do what I think is best and I'm not going to try to appease every interest group."