An amateurish flub right out of the box

Good grief! Can Pat McCrory really be this clueless? The man who ran for Governor on a platform of combating the state’s “culture of corruption” is already selling access to rich people at $50,000 a pop?

No, this is not some kind of weird, Onion-like fantasy story cooked up by depressed Democratic campaign people trying to make themselves feel better a month after the election — the guy is really doing this!!

Earth to the Governor-elect: Sir, you’re in a bigger pond now where people are actually going to pay attention to stuff like this. We know you’re new to state-level politics and that old conservative pols like Jack Hawke can probably make lots of pretty far out ideas sound like no big deal, but this really is a huge error. You need to ditch the fundraiser and dump Hawke from your transition team ASAP or risk starting your new administration out on a distinctly sour (and downright embarrassing) note.


  1. Dallas H Woodhouse

    December 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

    All Nc political leaders will soon have their own C-4 operations. It is the new way of the world.
    We would be better off to remove all campaign limits so traditional campaigns are not at a disadvantage

  2. Rob Schofield

    December 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for helping to clarify that (as we had surmised) the plan is for McCrory to have his own ongoing quasi-campaign group that will be funded by fat cats and corporations who will pony up big cash in exchange for insider access to the Guv.

    Do you know whether he’ll be selling overnight stays in the Governor’s mansion as well?

  3. Frank Burns

    December 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Bill Clinton started that initiative with renting out the Lincoln bedroom.

  4. melanie

    December 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

    he’s an empty suit.. there seems to be some hopefulness in much of the media that he will be his own man, not as extreme as the teaparty who controls the legislature and able to navigate between moderate and extremism but there is no reason to think this – republican voters elected an empty suit who released no information, made no real policy goals other than hyperbole, and seems to stand for having power for his puppetmasters. He’s just another Romney who actually won. Yay republican voters – don’t bitch about anything, you have total and utter control. You bought this, own it.

  5. Dallas H Woodhouse

    December 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

    They will take your money. There event at the Civic center is 75 dollars and the Junior League Ball is 500.

    Which one is for fat cats?

  6. Dallas H Woodhouse

    December 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

    oops their event…sorry

  7. Chris Fitzsimon

    December 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Dallas, surely you agree that it is a bad idea for a leader of McCrory’s transition team to be working with a group soliciting $50,000 contributions in exchange for weekend retreats with the new governor.

  8. david esmay

    December 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Sounds like the NC GOP is trying to ensure they have the worst politicians money can buy to go along with the Republican idiots we’ve sent to Washington. There should be severe limits on who donates and how much can be donated to campaigns. Limit politicians to a set amount of public money and ban pacs and super-pacs. We need to rid ourselves of the Kochs, Roves and Popes.

  9. Rob Schofield

    December 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The Junior league money goes to a genuine charity.

    This is from mark Binker’s report on the Foundation for NC:

    “The nonprofit hosting a new inaugural event for Gov.-elect Pat McCrory in January is soliciting big donors with the promise of more access to the Republican throughout the year.

    The Foundation for North Carolina is circulating solicitations for donations of $25,000 and $50,000. Among the perks that donors would receive in return is access to the group’s inaugural activity, as well as a spring conference in Pinehurst and a fall conference at Bald Head Island.”

  10. gregflynn

    December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    “All NC political leaders will soon have their own C-4 operations.” An appropriate metaphor for the role that non-transparent and unaccountable 501(c)4s will play in shaping government and public service.

  11. Dallas H Woodhouse

    December 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    “The Junior league money goes to a genuine charity”

    I guess you get to decide what is genuine?

    By the way, our C-3 (AFP-Foundation) is a sponsor of the Junior League ball. We see that as one genuine charity supporting another.

    I hope these developments will give some on the left pause, and hope they will consider supporting removing all the contribution limits and ban on corporate giving, because that would offer the chance for transparency

  12. david esmay

    December 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I believe these developments and the corrupting influence of massive amounts of money, will only isolate candidates and elected officials from the majority of the people they represent. Name one instance where more money had a positive effect on the political process.

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