A mediocre first year?

I don't often disagree with my friend Chris Fitzsimon, who leads the excellent team at NC Policy Watch. But I have to take issue with his characterization of Pat McCrory's first year as "mediocre." If only that were true. Instead, Pat McCrory's first year as Deputy Assistant Governor was an unmitigated disaster.

The list of transgressions is familiar to us all. On every front, Deputy McCrory has done his best to tilt the balance in favor of wealth and privilege. Chris does a nice job summarizing the damage:

One thing McCrory can’t change is that he is rightly perceived by the voters as a governor who at the very least allowed the Tea Party General Assembly to slash education funding, attack women’s rights, make it more difficult to vote, deny health care to 500,000 people by refusing Medicaid expansion, deny emergency unemployment benefits to 170,000 laid off workers, dismantle environmental protections, and give tax cuts to out of state corporations and the wealthy.

But viewing the McCrory agenda as a set of individual choices masks a deeper disdain for people who are not members of his club. Even as he disclaims his prejudices, the evidence paints a different picture ... one of systematic discrimination against people of color, women, workers, teachers, Democrats, and anyone else who doesn't pay to play.


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You'll find a video I created a year ago, which proved to be frighteningly prescient.

Oh that our standards should never sink so low

As to characterize Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat's first year as "mediocre". If it's been mediocre, then there just isn't much that ranks lower than mediocre.

What wasted potential. He could have offered a voice of moderation and sanity to ever so slightly take the edge off the Tillisberger House of Pain; instead, he not only rubber-stamped, but also attempted to validate their ALEC agenda and cheered them on.

Prescient video indeed. Now that a year has gone by, we can update one line from the video: "It's been a pleasure doing business with you" has now become "It's been a pleasure doing business to you".

And his response, such as it was, to the Moral Monday service of redemption shows that he will continue to keep digging his hole deeper. By the time he realizes he can't get out, he'll already have gone down as the worst governor this state has seen.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014


Pat "I'm working to create jobs and improve NC's economy" McCrory leaves 25K jobs and $2B on the table to prove he hates Obama.

Meanwhile, 9 GOP governors, including 2 who did end runs around their GOP legislatures, expand Medicaid and thus expand their states' economies.

Keep digging, Pat. "Worst governor in state history" is at the bottom of your hole.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Camel City Dispatch weighs in

Pat McCrory, ever the fool.

When Governor Pat McCrory took office in 2013, one of his first missions was to follow the orders of Art Pope’s Civitas Institute. Civitas and the McCrory campaign false-messaged that the current Medicaid system was “broken” (not even close), but also lied to voters by claiming that their actions would mean that North Carolinians would not have the Federal Government involved in their Healthcare decisions. Their actions however, insured that North Carolinian’s would have no option but to shop the Federal Government’s exchange because our state did not set up an exchange specifically for our residents.

McCrory followed the lead of Texas Governor and secessionist Rick Perry, and in doing so made sure that many working poor in North Carolina would be left in a no-man’s land where they did not qualify for healthcare assistance, but could still not afford healthcare coverage. The goals of this action are 100% political, but the results will be dead North Carolinians.