Gov. McCrory, Rep. Wells and Rep. McElraft vie for dumbest quote of weekend

It was a banner weekend for dumb quotes from North Carolina political leaders.  It’s hard to pick the worst one but here are the nominees.

1) Governor Pat McCrory.  McCrory appeared at the Maine Republican Party Convention this weekend where he shared a lobster lunch with Governor Paul LePage and praised him with this declaration.

Other governors throughout the United States so much respect him because he says what needs to be said.

LePage is a Tea Party governor who has repeatedly made headlines with a series of offensive statements like comparing the IRS to the Gestapo and the Holocaust, charging that a Democratic state Senator “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without Vaseline,” and saying that President Obama hates white people.

Politico called him America’s craziest governor, detailing many his outrageous statements and decisions. (If you want to read more lunacy from LePage, check out the list of LePage quotes the Bangor Daily News put together last summer.)

That’s why McCrory and other governors respect LePage, for saying what needs to be said?  Does McCrory really think that it “needs to be said”  that “President Obama hates white people?”  Nice job Governor McCrory for your strong effort to win dumbest quote of the weekend.

2) Rep. Andy Wells. Rep. Wells has a strong case of his own for the worst quote, or at least the most offensive, in an explanation of why the General Assembly decided not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and provide health care coverage for 500,000 low-income adults who are currently uninsured.  Here is how Wells explained the decision.

Expanding Medicaid would have been like injecting growth hormone into a malignant tumor. Probably not a good idea or not something you want to do with your friends.

Surely Rep. Wells knows that the vast majority of Medicaid funding pays for care for seniors, children and people with disabilities—the most vulnerable people in North Carolina.  Yet he is in effect comparing the Medicaid program to cancer.

Wonder how the parent of a severely disabled child who receives help from Medicaid would feel about that?  Way to go Rep. Wells.  Nothing like demeaning thousands of people and the program they rely on. That’s a strong case for dumbest quote.

3) Rep. Pat McElraft. And our final contestant is Rep. Pat McElraft who couldn’t help herself in a letter to the editor with her husband in the Carteret County News-Times explaining why they are supporting House Speaker Thom Tillis for the U.S.Senate.

If the conservatives do not take control of the Senate this next year, we may be on the way to completely losing our country as we know it. It is the only way we can stop the forward charge of the Obama administration to taking all our rights away and the ruination of this country.

All of our rights away, every single one? Not to mention the ruination of the country.  Rep. McElraft’s paranoid hyperbole makes her a strong contestant for the quote of the weekend too.

But in the final analysis, it’s always hard to compete with the Governor and his remarks  were made out of state, giving them a wider audience. So congratulations Governor McCrory for the dumbest quote of the weekend.

Here’s one last LePage quote, another pearl of lunacy from the man that Gov. McCrory believes  is so praiseworthy.

As Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage settled into the cockpit of a fighter jet simulator on Friday, he was asked, “What would you like to do?” Without hesitation, LePage said, “I want to find the Press Herald building and blow it up.”

Guess talking about blowing up a newspaper just needed to be said.




  1. Jack

    April 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    LePage – “I want to find the Press Herald building and blow it up.”

    As I understand it blowing up a building and killing the people inside was the accomplished goal of the enemy we’ve been fighting since September 2001.

  2. Alex

    April 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Nothing could top John Kerry’s remark that Israel could turn into an “apartheid state”. Talk about dumb and dumber.

  3. ML

    April 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Nice try Alex.

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