John Frank of Raleigh’s News & Observer had a fascinating and at times ironic post in Under the Dome this morning about Governor McCrory’s supposed desire to “break out of the Raleigh bubble” and mix it up with the real people on “Main Street.” According to Frank, the Guv traveled to the Johnston County community of Clayton yesterday so that he could get a hot dog at an historic diner and talk with local conservative politicians and some other supporters.
He also used the event to complain that “the media” is wrongfully reporting that he is not providing more specifics about his policies, though — you guessed it — he provided no specifics at the appearance about any policies.
What didn’t make it into the story is that McCrory’s little mixer appear to have come a little late for the everyday lunch crowd. According to McCrory’s official schedule, the appearance wasn’t scheduled until 4 pm. And what, you might ask, was he doing in the hours prior? According to the Guv’s offical schedule, he had three events to attend to:
- 9:15 am - Sign bill to gut the unemployment insurance system behind closed doors.
- 11:00 am – Attend the “Sir Walter Cabinet” luncheon at the exclusive Carolina Country Club.
- 2:00 pm – Speak to NC Chamber conference at the Raleigh Marriott.
Got that? After almost a full day of harming average families and hobnobbing with the well-off and connected in swanky surroundings, the Guv found it necessary to travel to a different county to meet some average folks.
Here’s a tip for the for the future, Governor: Keep going to Clayton and any number of other average towns frequently — that’s all fine. But the next time you want to meet some average people, you don’t have to go that far. Heck, you could walk a couple of blocks east from the Governor’s mansion and meet all sorts of average, hot dog-loving folks who are a lot further removed from the “Raleigh bubble” than a group of conservative politicians and political supporters who happen to live a county over.
The only problem with such a scenario, of course, is that the Guv might have to answer some hard questions or confront real pain and suffering outside the neatly contained world of a shelter or a soup kitchen. And as we’ve come to learn in rcent weeks, responding to challenges and tough questions is not one of our rather prickly Governor’s specialities.