Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory is doing all he can on the campaign trail not to veer away from his carefully scripted talking points and the media is generally letting him get away with it.
McCrory appeared at the Craven County GOP convention Saturday night and the coverage in the New Bern Sun Journal focused mainly on the tired slogans McCrory usually offers.
But the reporter did ask McCrory about the controversial move by the General Assembly to raise tolls on ferries that are an important part of the transportation system along the coast. Gov. Bev Perdue has refused to raise the tolls, infuriating Republican legislative leaders.
McCrory, not surprisingly refused to take a position, but then sort of took one anyway, getting caught up in his own rhetoric.
After his speech, McCrory was asked about his view on the ferry toll controversy. He didn’t offer a position, instead saying DOT’s use of state and federal money needs to be scrutinized.
“Before we institute any new fees, whether it be toll roads or ferry tolls, I need to do a total examination on exactly how DOT money is being spent,” he said. “It would inappropriate for me to determine that I need to get more money from one group of people before I determine are we spending the existing money the right way. And do we have efficiencies in place that can be implemented prior to asking for more money?”
Before we institute any new tolls? The General Assembly already instituted new tolls, or tried to anyway. That must mean McCrory believes that lawmakers acted irresponsibly.