Another baffling performance by the Governor

Pat McCrory 4Another day and another strange and troubling moment for Governor McCrory. 

Today’s came when the Governor charged into the press room at the state Administration Building to read a four-and-a-half minute statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that it would be adding North Carolina to the list of states it has sued in recent years for unlawfully suppressing voting rights.

While there was much in the statement itself that fell short — the Governor seemed, for instance, not to remember that his voter suppression law includes multiple provisions spread out over 49 pages and is about a lot more than just voter ID requirements — there were at least two other items about the event that had to leave observers shaking their heads:

#1 – The Governor took no questions from the media. To which all a body can say in response is “What the heck?” You summon the cameras and reporters all the way over to your office and then can’t even deign to answer a few questions? Obviously, the Guv has made no secret of his disdain for the media, but this is important stuff. The citizens have a right to know what their Governor is thinking and whether he really even understands what he is talking about. You’ll remember that in the past, the Guv announced he would sign the voter suppression bill before he’d even read the entire thing. Sadly, today, we failed to learn whether he had ever finished reading it.

#2 – The Governor, regrettably, appeared to tell another little white lie during his few minutes at the podium. McCrory began the statement by stating that he had received word of the Attorney General’s action against North Carolina while driving back from a visit to the North Carolina Zoo that he made this morning. You can see it in the video here. To which all a body can say in response is “Say what? You found out on your way back from the zoo?”

Governor, the story broke in multiple news outlets late Sunday night. How could you have just found out about it on your way back from the zoo today?

While it’s true that Attorney General Holder’s official announcement of the suit didn’t come till noon today, McCrory’s claim that that he had just gotten word of the action was simply not credible — especially since he also announced that he had already taken action to hire outside lawyers to fight the suit. He did that since getting back from Asheboro?!

Though obviously minor, this little blip is just another disturbing example of the Governor’s penchant for — how shall we put this politely? — embellishing things a little.

As veteran politico Gary Pearce noted back in July, McCrory likes to say “what he thinks will impress the person in front of him.”  Today’s performance appeared to be another classic example. It was much more dramatic to claim that he had just gotten word of the USDOJ suit moments before he rushed in, tieless, to read a statement to reporters. But, of course, this was clearly false. Unless the Governor’s assistants are complete boobs, McCrory knew all about the suit days ago.

The bottom line: As with virtually every one of his public performances in recent months, today’s brief appearance raises even more questions about the Governor’s grasp of what it means to be trusted with power the citizens have vested in him. For all of our sake, let’s hope he finds a way to reverse this trend very soon.    




  1. love my state

    September 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    bless his heart

  2. Alan

    September 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    How long will it be before the Grand Wizard of NC is forced to resign?

  3. ML

    September 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Clearly the pope’s plan is to sell the bill on the “fact” that it is only about voter id but if you watched Holder you’d know the challenge is in regards to the entire bill. Too bad most of Mccrory’s followers will only listen to his prepared statement.

  4. Gene Hoglan

    September 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    “The citizens have a right to know what their Governor is thinking and whether he really even understands what he is talking about.”

    Yeah I think we got the answer to that one today.

  5. david esmay

    September 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Another performance by our baffled governor. It was so much fun campaigning, governing, not so much.

  6. Deborah

    October 1, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Not ready for prime time Pat. Still doesn’t seem to really know what a real governor does.

  7. Doug Gibson

    October 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I’m not a psychologist, but I’d say that this is less evidence of incompetence than internal conflict. Whatever his political leanings really are, McCrory probably can’t govern—that is, do the day-to-day business of being a governor—without first vetting every statement and action with his budget director and his minders.

    My guess is that he knew about the lawsuit when the rest of us did, but couldn’t reach consensus among the power players in his administration about what to say in response until much later. Realizing that the delay made him look weak and incompetent, his first impulse—since he couldn’t tell the truth—was to deny that there had been a delay. He’s like Hamlet, with Art Pope in the role of his father’s ghost.

  8. GOP Rules

    October 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Response to points:

    1. Why would the gov take any quesitons. They are just going to spout the same obama approved story line whether there is a quote from McCrory or not.
    2. Who cares, is it really a “lie”. I assume he got the formal announcement or filing notice at that time. This “point” is just a Blueprint playbook comment just designed to “evicerate” and is nothing but a straw man argument to cover the fact that we are doing great things in NC.

  9. ML

    October 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

    One things for sure, you have no idea what a straw man argument is. Funny you made the same mistake patty makes on a regular basis, using words you don’t quite grasp but only bc they sound good. Better luck next time O’doyles Rules

  10. Alan

    October 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    GOP Rules sounds very much like another wacky troll that regualrly posts here, perhaps ANOTHER alter-ego? “We are doing great things in NC”, according to who exactly? (insert here: Civitas, JLF, or uncle Fart Pope).

  11. wncgirl

    October 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    another day… another drop in NCs respectability.

  12. GOP Rules

    October 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    It is probably too complicated for you, that is why you do not understand. You have to actually start at the beginning, the Bueprint supposition that all GOP members need to be evicerated. Then you get your straw man support for that. You are a leftist so as I have said I don’t expect you to understand.

  13. ConcernedNCMom

    October 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I’ll be so glad when McCrory’s Horsedrawn carriage turns back into the pumpkin coach pulled by warf rats that it was before Art Pope.

  14. ML

    October 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    A straw man argument is an actual term that has an actual meaning. It is the misrepresentation of another’s position and in this case there is no misrepresentation of Mccrory’s position just the fact that he is either surrounded by incompetents in addition to being one or he lied to make it seem like he just found out about the suit.

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