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Editorial: McCrory has never been up to the job

One of the best North Carolina editorials from the past weekend comes from the Greensboro News & Record. Its central message: Pat McCrory was never up to being Governor.

“In his first term as North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory wore the office like a hand-me-down suit. The coat was too roomy and the trousers too long. Worst of all, his sleeves seemed to exceed his reach.”

After discussing the fact that the election has yet to be fully resolved, but noting that McCrory will no doubt get a fair shake from election boards he appointed, the editorial puts it this way:

“From the beginning, McCrory, who was highly successful as mayor of Charlotte, has never seemed comfortable in the Governor’s Mansion. He struggled to get along with leaders in his own party. And he made some spectacularly bad choices.

Foremost, McCrory chose to make a notorious anti-LGBT rights bill, the centerpiece of his governorship. Called HB 2, the law cost the state jobs, concerts and sporting events, including the NBA All-Star Game and ACC Championship football game in Charlotte and NCAA tournament games that would have been held in Greensboro. An ABC News exit poll on Election Day found that 61 percent of North Carolinians opposed HB 2.

Tone-deaf as ever, when the 2018 World Equestrian Games chose Tryon, N.C., days before the election, McCrory went to Charlotte to crow about it.

There have been other missteps, including McCrory’s bullheaded defense of a draconian voter ID law expressly designed to suppress black voter turnout. McCrory also had exceptionally thin skin for an elected official. He nearly bolted from a News & Record interview because he didn’t like being asked about HB 2 and voter ID , among other legitimate issues.

As for the final outcome, Cooper seems likely to hold his lead — which never would have materialized, had McCrory not lost his home county by more than 135,000 votes.

But if McCrory somehow closes the deficit and manages to hang on by a thread, we suggest that he get a new tailor.”

Click here to read the entire editorial.

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