This 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.
Statement from the Office of Governor Pat McCrory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 919-814-2100
Saturday, October 12, 2013 email@example.com 
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.