Democratic and Republican Charlotte City Council members say they would support Mayor Pat McCrory 's run for governor, if for no other reason than its benefits to Charlotte.
MCCRORY BID HAS COUNCIL SUPPORT - BURGESS SAYS RUN FOR GOVERNOR BY MAYOR WOULD BE GOOD FOR CITY, Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - Saturday, January 5, 2008
How is that working out for you?
Pat's pulled a fast one over on Charlotteans. Don't believe me...read his own words and those written about him from years past:
The first was in January 2007, McCrory said, when he organized a caravan of public safety officials to Raleigh to lobby for more courts funding. Gov. Mike Easley, a Democrat, wouldn't meet with them, and state legislators weren't as receptive to McCrory as he would have liked.
"I thought to myself, `If I can become governor, I'm going to be a governor that reaches out to the people and sees exactly what has happened,' " McCrory said Tuesday, in a speech making his gubernatorial bid official.
"We cannot put up with this government that stays within the inner beltway of the state capital, that's tough to reach, that is having ethical issues," he added. "This is government that is not deserving of our great state of North Carolina."
from A VOW TO MAKE RALEIGH MORE RESPONSIVE - MCCRORY 'S IN `I'M GOING TO BE A GOVERNOR THAT REACHES OUT TO THE PEOPLE' Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - Wednesday, January 16, 2008
"I think I've gained more wisdom, more knowledge, more leadership experience, a little more patience," McCrory said in an interview. "I'm accepting of critical critique, and I learn from that."
from AT EASE IN SPOTLIGHT, HE EYES NEW STAGE - MCCRORY SAYS LEADING CITY HAS TAUGHT HIM WISDOM, PATIENCE, Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - Thursday, April 10, 2008
As a result of these concerns, I stated that Charlotte and its taxpayers are getting the "short end of the stick" and we should try to change the equity formula and the decision making process. This open and professional feedback is now being categorized, by some council members and the Charlotte Observer, as arrogant, bashing, whining, and screaming. I disagree.
During the last 13 1/2 years as mayor I have been an effective, positive problem solver and have successfully lobbied and communicated to get tax dollars for public safety, travel and tourism, transit, roads, water and sewer projects and housing. I have accomplished this through many techniques including personal meetings, letters, telephone conversations, op-eds, and yes, even caravans to Raleigh !
In the same period, our citizens have had to deal with hardball state politics involving secret meetings, cronyism, quid pro quo deals, intimidation, partisanship, and sadly, even political corruption. I have refused and will never participate in this type of "closed fisted" culture.
FEEDBACK - MY APPROACH TO RALEIGH HAS BEEN TRULY EFFECTIVE IT'S NOT ARROGANT TO SAY OUR CITY GETS THE SHORT END OF THE STICK., Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - Friday, February 27, 2009
Author: Pat McCrory
Unhappy with Charlotte's share of federal stimulus money so far, Mayor Pat McCrory suggested legislation Monday night to increase the city's portion of emergency road money.
But Democrats on the Charlotte City Council warned that McCrory , a Republican, could be picking a fight with state legislators that would leave the city with nothing.
According to the first round of stimulus funding announced last week, the N.C. Department of Transportation's Charlotte office will get $38.6 million. An Eastern N.C. office for Greenville and New Bern, by contrast, will get $64 million.
McCrory has said that disparity shows the state's method of distributing transportation money is unfair. McCrory wants the stimulus money to be exempt from that system, called the "equity formula."
"In the short term and the long run, I'm convinced that Charlotte gets the short end of the stick," he said.
McCrory , a Republican who lost a bid for governor last year and says he won't seek re-election as mayor , has complained for years that Charlotte gets short shrift on state funding. Mecklenburg lawmakers have echoed the theme.
from MORE MONEY FOR COURTS URGED - AT CRIME SUMMIT, MCCRORY AND GILCHRIST SPAR OVER PROSECUTION OF 'HIGH-PRIORITY' CASES., Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - Saturday, August 29, 2009