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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.

 

4 Comments

  1. Nonanon

    March 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

    It’s just a shame that Progressive Pulse and the liberal Left has so little to offer that criticizing others becomes what passes for dialogue.

    McCrory is leading in all the polls. Here’s a thought, perhaps NC will get over it’s Nando fueled relationship with the Democratic Party and join the other Southern states in tossing the reconstructionists overboard, enacting a Marriage Amendment to the State Constitution, and elect GOP majorities to the Legislature and Governor’s Office.

    Not that GOP candidates are any better than Dems on fiscal policy, just not any worse, and being an independent leaning Libertarian, the GOP stance against social welfare is closer my own.

    Or, I could just criticize whomever the Dems choose to replace Perdue on the ballot. What is up with that? A sitting Governor choosing not to run for re-election in this bitterly divided political climate?

    Better call Maaco, ’cause it looks like a pile up on the long road to perdition for the Democratic Party in NC. For all of us, really, unless you know where we’re headed with deficits of 10% of GDP.

    Top of Morning is looking more and more like Bottom of the Barrel these days.

    Cheers!

  2. gregflynn

    March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    And this comment “passes for dialogue”?

  3. Frank Burns

    March 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

    McCrory is right on target! The NC DOT merits a close examination of spending before any revenues are raised.

  4. jlp75

    March 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

    “Not that GOP candidates are any better than Dems on fiscal policy, just not any worse, and being an independent leaning Libertarian, the GOP stance against social welfare is closer my own” – Nonanon

    So in other words we should all vote for the GOP to satisfy your views. My don’t you have a high opinion of yourself. I don’t care about you or your views. When I go to the ballot box I consider MY views and what I believe to be best for OUR state.

    Furthermore, if you don’t like the commentary here, don’t read it.