Advice for North Carolina’s Governor-elect

As Pat McCrory begins the process of moving to Raleigh, and setting-up his team, the editorial board of the Greensboro News & Record offers the Governor-elect this advice:

‘North Carolina needs good jobs, better schools and plans to deliver government services more effectively at less cost. The governor-elect hasn’t spelled out in detail how he’ll accomplish those goals, but he built an impressive record in Charlotte for getting positive things done. Expectations are high that he can move North Carolina in the right direction now.

During his seven terms as mayor, Charlotte launched a light-rail system, developed an appealing “uptown” environment and raised its national profile to the point where it could be selected to host a national convention. McCrory set partisanship aside in the city’s best interests.

Now, when his party will control all of state government except some Council of State offices, McCrory should take the same approach. He wasn’t elected to follow the legislature’s plunge to the right but to find pragmatic solutions that can win bipartisan support. Mitt Romney’s more narrow win in North Carolina shows that this state is still closely divided politically, and McCrory won’t succeed in the long run by ignoring the interests and concerns of nearly half the electorate. Nor should he let Republican legislators, although they have a two-year head start in power, dictate an overly conservative agenda.

That would not have worked for McCrory in Charlotte, and it won’t work in governing North Carolina. The shortcomings of the last two Democratic governors, Perdue and Mike Easley, had nothing to do with partisan politics. They simply didn’t lead with enough imagination and creativity. They didn’t push hard enough to modernize state government to meet the challenges of changing times. Tax reform, infrastructure innovations, education initiatives and 21st century industrial development are not partisan issues. Everyone’s input, Republicans’ and Democrats’, should be considered when setting policies for the next four years and beyond.

McCrory has the potential to be an outstanding governor, as he was a mayor. He gets up this morning with the wind at his back in the form of a strong election victory. But he faces big problems, including a high unemployment rate and an economy that still isn’t generating much tax revenue.

Universities, community colleges and K-12 education have taken enough spending cuts. Roads and bridges need repairs. Medicaid funding is a problem. The state owes Washington a huge debt for unemployment loans. McCrory’s leadership skills will be put to the test from the start, so he’ll have to get out in front of problems and never look back.’


  1. david esmay

    November 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    My advice; don’t be the complete tool you seem to be.

  2. Frank Burns

    November 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Good advice, but they should also send this message to Obama. So far his unwillingness to work with the other party has resulted in gridlock. When was the last time we saw a federal budget? It’s been years now. I’m hopeful that he will grow a backbone, learn some leadership skills and brush up on basic math so that we can solve our huge fiscal problems. Obamacare won’t help in that regard either.

  3. jlp75

    November 7, 2012 at 10:27 am


    What happened? You were sure your man Romney was going to win. Best to leave the predictions to the pollsters in the future.

    In the meantime if things are so bad here perhaps you could relocate. I hear Somalia is the Tea Party dream. No government, no taxes, sounds like paradise. Just look out for the pirates, argggg.

  4. david esmay

    November 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Frank, what happened to the Robme landslide? As usual you’re batting 1.000 in the wrong direction. Congress passes budget resolutions not the President, go back to civics class and stop parroting faux news bullshit. Did you watch Rove’s head explode last night when he started arguing with Faux News trackers on Ohio, priceless. It’s time the gopers realize that if they are not willing to raise taxes or support cuts to any major programs,( because as we’ve seen in the past, they back away from cuts they themselves propose), that if they are not willing to participate in bipartisan discussions that take a fair and balanced approach to our problems, ALL BETS ARE OFF. Every year a new batch of 18-22 year old’s begin voting, and they ain’t voting republican. The GOP bet it all and lost, get over it, it was your last harrah, and money couldn’t buy you happiness or democracy. With an ever shrinking demographic, the writings on the wall. The Retardlicants purged all the progressives and moderates from their crucible of ideological purity, and the days of fiscal restraint and social engagement are gone. GOP hello Whig.

  5. david esmay

    November 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Hey Frank, do you know who Nate Silver is now? Probably not, Silver deals in facts, not the hyper-right hyperbole you normally enjoy.

  6. Frank Burns

    November 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    My only solace in last night’s debacle was the fact that North Carolina voted the right way. Because of that, I have no inclination to move. I will therefore continue to be a thorn in your side.

    David, you need professional help.

  7. david esmay

    November 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Frank, fact of life, Obama is the President of the United States. Myth Robme is the Bishop/High Chancellor of the Caucasian Rump Parliament and newest member of history’s dust bin. I hate to say I told you so, wait no I don’t. NC’s walk backwards just gained speed.

  8. Steve Terry

    November 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    David: As a State Employee… you are full of it. Have you actually reviewed Purdue’s record? or are you too just running off at the mouth?

  9. jlp75

    November 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm


    No worries, I’d miss you if you left anyway.

  10. jlp75

    November 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm


    If you are a state employee you may not want to be singing the GOP praises so soon. They have some plans for you and you might not like it. I suggest going to Civitas (where Art Pope gives his minions their marching orders) and look at their plans for your pension plan.


  11. Frances Jenkins

    November 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    David is a complete jerk.

  12. Michelle27

    November 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Mr. Henkel: As President Obama famously said, “We won.” Save your advice for someone who is interested in your liberal ideas.

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