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Bitter Pat McCrory still struggling with the facts

Former Gov. Pat McCrory is apparently still struggling to accept his defeat last fall to Roy Cooper. And he is still struggling with the facts too, something that often plagued him during his term as governor.

McCrory addressed the NCGOP convention Saturday. The News & Observer has the rundown of his irresponsible accusations and absurd comments.

His remarks calling for a new photo ID voter law prompted national coverage as the battle in the courts over voter suppression continues.

This paragraph in the N&O story is quintessential and maddening McCrory.

I know for a fact that we had a lot of noncitizens that were voting,” McCrory said. “Ladies and gentlemen, voter ID would have stopped it. Keep it a clean bill, stay with a voter ID law and get that passed.”

A recent audit by the State Board of Elections found 41 noncitizens who cast ballots. They were legal residents who had successfully registered to vote. An ID requirement likely wouldn’t have stopped them.

No, a photo ID voter law would not have stopped the legal residents from voting. But McCrory can’t let the facts get in the way. And in case you forgot, he lost the election by more than 10,000 votes, not 41.

2 Comments


  1. Annie Anderson

    June 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Governor McCrory is a lot smarter than you give him credit for. He is correct, we need photo ID. Best Governor NC has had in a very long time. Cooper was a failure as AG and will be as governor too.

  2. Brenda Mills

    June 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    McCroy needs to go him and stay out of politics. He has gotten us into a mess with I77. He lies and can’t keep the facts straight. Hopefully Roy Cooper can get us out of this mess.

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