Governor Pat McCrory continues to struggle to earn the respect of state legislative leaders. The latest evidence that the folks on Jones Street aren’t too worried about what the governor thinks comes from House Majority Leader Mike Hager in an AP story about why McCrory’s bond proposals are floundering in the House and Senate.
“With the budget we’ve got going on we really haven’t got a lot of time to discuss it,” said House Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford.
No time to discuss it? McCrory proposed the bonds in his State of the State speech to the General Assembly on February 4th, more than four months ago, and he has spent the last several weeks touring the state to build support for the bonds.
House leaders have had plenty of time to discuss it. They simply don’t respect McCrory enough to make it a priority and he still hasn’t figured out how to use the power of his office to make them.