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Bathroom cartoonThis week’s nominee for weirdest press release of the weekend has to be Governor McCrory’s official Saturday statement (see below) that “not one penny” of public money will be used to fix up the bathrooms in the executive mansion.

Frankly, though the price tag does sound a tad steep (nearly a quarter-million bucks) I don’t have a big problem with keeping such an important public building in working order — especially if it has been decades since the bathrooms were last renovated.   

What’s absurd, of course, is not that we (or someone) would invest in maintaining the mansion; it’s that McCrory, Pope et al. refuse to acknowledge that we also need to invest in other critical public structures. Let’s hope the Guv ponders this reality the next time he’s spending time in the mansion water closet.

Press Release

Statement from the Office of Governor Pat McCrory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      919-814-2100

Saturday, October 12, 2013      govpress@nc.gov

Raleigh, NC– The Office of Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement today:

“The governor has firmly communicated to the Department of Administration that not one penny of taxpayer dollars will be used to remodel or upgrade any of the six bathrooms in the living quarters of the State of North Carolina’s executive mansion. Only a very limited amount of funds will be used to repair potential code violations, treat dangerous mold and fix broken faucets,” said Kim Genardo, Governor’s Communications Director.

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3 Comments


  1. love my state

    October 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

    of course no tax dollars would be used! art pope has plenty of friends who will gladly pay to give the govenor a new throne… fortunately for the rest of us we see that the emperor has no clothes and if we manage to survive this debacle that is the current state of government in nc, pat will be returned to sit on his throne in meyers park.

  2. non-profits

    October 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

    There is prevalent assumption that if the money doesn’t come from the taxpayers then the mansion will go to shambles but that is not very accurate. There are 2 non-profit funds already established for restoration and support. “In 1988, the Executive Mansion Fund Inc., a non-profit corporation was created in order to provide further support for restoration and preservation. The fund is charged with soliciting grants, donations, bequests and other contributions and with investing and managing these funds. Its successful Second Century campaign resulted in the establishment of a $2 million endowment. The Executive Mansion Fund Inc. has established a membership organization—the Friends of the Executive Mansion, a group of concerned individual and corporate citizens who wish to support the Executive Mansion through their annual contributions.” -Wikipedia Also there is a Western Governor’s Mansion in Asheville. Our historical heritage is not jeopardy by McCrory’s career as Governor is hanging on by a mere thread.

  3. Gene Hoglan

    October 14, 2013 at 11:31 am

    We need to rename the NC GOP The Executive Crapper.

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