Roy Cooper wasted no time with the start of the New Year in taking the oath of office to become the 75th governor of North Carolina.
Gov. Cooper posting on social media just after midnight:
“It is the honor of my life to be your governor, and to work for all of North Carolina. I pledge to give my very best to the people of this great state of North Carolina, the state I love and where I have spent my life.”
His predecessor, Pat McCrory, also used social media in his final days in the governor’s mansion to offer a 15-minute assessment of the past four years. McCrory skipped the traditional year-end interviews with the media and instead offered his take on You Tube.
He voiced pride in how his administration shaped the economy, addressed teacher pay, and tackled the coal ash clean-up. As for HB2, McCrory called the outcry over the anti-LGBT law that he signed in March a “manufactured crisis.”
He also took a parting shot at the ACC for its decision to move its championship football game from Charlotte to Orlando because of the discriminatory HB2:
“I thought it was a travesty, and by the way, they didn’t do a good job of filling up the seats in Orlando,” he said. “They were giving away tickets.”
Click below to hear McCrory discuss reaction to the so-called “bathroom bill.”