As you’re probably aware, Governor McCrory has ignited a bit of a controversy in recent days with his decision to slip outside the Capitol Building to toss a baseball around with a security guard (under the weird gaze of aid Thomas Stith) at the same time that his staff told citizens delivering a petition with more than 16,000 signatures asking him not to approve plans to increase class sizes in public schools that he was unavailable and in a meeting. (See the photos below.)
According to the Governor’s strangely combative statement from press spokeswoman Kim Genardo, however, the Guv didn’t slip outside until after the petition was delivered. Why, if true, that would matter is not entirely clear, but that appears to be the story McCrory is sticking to.
What was more interesting about the statement was this portion reported by Rob Christensen of the News & Observer:
“‘Taking the advise (sic) of First Lady Michelle Obama, the governor each day attempts to get some exercise, yesterday throwing the baseball and today walking from NC State’s campus back to the Capitol,’ Genardo said. ‘Governor McCrory will be back out tomorrow throwing the baseball perhaps with children who share his All-American passion,” she said.
Oh really? The Guv is taking off time in each work day now for long walks and baseball tosses? How nice. Does this means we can expect him to soon make such an option available to all state employees?