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Much as he’d like to hide, Guv must speak up on “social issues”

McCrory11092012Governor McCrory made a fascinating (and troubling) statement in an interview with WUNC-TV’s Kelly McCullen the other day. When asked about the debate over gun control and why the state has failed to advance any new initiatives to strengthen it, the Governor said the following in response:

“I don’t know. And listen I’ve really tried to concentrate on the economy, the efficiency of government and education. And that’s where I’m focusing. I’m trying to…Tell you the truth, I’m trying to get off the liberal and conservative social issues and concentrate on the things that people are worried about most and that’s the economy.”

Uh, sorry to tell you this Governor McCrory, but the responsibility of dealing with those “social issues” comes with your job.  A classic case in point: Right now, the House of Representatives is advancing a dangerous anti-reproductive freedom bill on “sex selection abortions” that will  require doctors to read the minds of their patients and turn care providers into investigators and patients into suspects. It is offensive, unconstitutional and, as always with such proposals, an assault first and foremost on poor women.  

You are on the record as opposing further restrictions on reproductive freedom. It’s time to stand up like a grown-up, own that position and tell the ideologues pushing the anti-woman “social issues” legislation that you’re not going to go along with them.

6 Comments

  1. Doug

    May 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Not sure this is a “must” as there are a lot more economic issues facing the government. Also, “social issues” are not a core government function so it is even more justified that he stay out of needless frays.

  2. Margaret

    May 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I know Gov. McCrory has a lot to do, but DUKE ENERGY needs watching. These rate increases are crazy. They tell the public it won’t raise your power bill only $17 a month. I won’t to know how many people do you know that their power bill is only $100 a month. Since the last 2 increases our power bill is NEVER under $300 a month. There is only my husband and me. I am on Social Security and my husband is STILL working because he CAN’T afford to retire. Okay Gov.we know for 30 years you worked for Duke Power, now where does YOUR loyalty lie? Must not be with the people of NC. By the way,why do we have to pay for Progressive Energy? Duke Power shareholders asked for that one. Now who is getting punished. WE ARE, The Consumer. Congrats to U Gov.McCrory.

  3. Doug

    May 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Well, with all the expensive “renewable energy” (that by the way ignores nuclear as an option) and green mandates on the electric industry what do you expect? When you constantly add $17 here and $17 for the next greenie scheme it adds up fast. This does not include the rate increase that Duke went ahead and started charging when they were not supposed to. That includes even more of the effect of the envirowhacko agenda. Welcome to the world of progressivism, where we are out to increase the burden to the poor and middle class! Doesn’t it feel good to pay those rates! Just wait until global cooling sets in….

  4. gregflynn

    May 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    “Currently Duke Energy residential customers pay 22 cents a month, while Progress Energy residential customers pay 42 cents a month, to subsidize renewables.”

  5. Mike

    May 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Actually watching that interview, the most telling thing was when McCrory said that “as a conservative” he believes in local rule. If he signs that crazy Asheville water bill then he pretty much just lied enough to have Rachel Maddow play it over and over again.

  6. david esmay

    May 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    The “nuclear” option should be exercised on every conservative Republican in this state.