With Jack Hawke, ex-ringleader of the Civitas Circus, now blowing hot air into Pat McCrory's corporate sails, the shape of the general election for governor is clear: On the Democratic side, you'll have a dedicated public servant who understands how government works and why it's important to work toward the common good. And on the other side you'll have a guy like Pat "Duke" McCrory, purveyor of free-market talking points galore: Gummint is bad, greed is good, and I'm the man to protect yo wallet from the pinko comminists in Raleigh.
As a long-standing
mouthpiece executive for Big Energy, McCrory has spent his life trying to get people and companies to spend more money on electricity. He epitomizes the quintessential corporatist, and Duke Energy can't wait to get their man inside the Governor's mansion.
Pat graduated from Catawba College in 1978 with a B.A. degree in Political Science/Education. In that same year he received his North Carolina Teaching Certificate, and in 2001 Catawba College awarded McCrory an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Since graduation, Pat has been with Duke Energy Corporation in various management positions and is currently serving as Economic Development Consultant.
Watch his commercial. McCrory is promising to whip out his veto pen and strike down any legislation he considers wasteful. Of course, he doesn't bother to specify exactly what he does consider wasteful because the truth is, he's doing nothing more than pandering to the extremist base in the Party of Greed. Especially with statements like this:
Revise tax policy which puts less emphasis on income and business tax so that we can compete with other states.
Ah yes. Reduce the business tax so we can compete with other states! Never mind that North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, with an unemployment rate consistently lower than the national average. Never mind that North Carolina is ranked again and again as one of the best places to do business in the entire country. Nope, don't worry about those pesky facts. After all, Jack Hawke is at the helm, shoveling the same old sh*t he did at Civitas year after year.
(And who can forget who Jack Hawke hired to be his spokes-puppet at Civitas? None other than Max Borders, the metrosexual degenerate who has not only argued for torture, but who also believes that boiling people alive would be A-OK if it served the interests of the United States of America. The same Max Borders who opens one of his paragraphs with the phrase, Jesus Mary Mother of God. Gotta love them good old conservative family values.)
So there you have it. The garage band that McCrory has assembled to support his run for the corner office. A washed up Puppet and a pack of right-wing talking points that promise more prisons, more executions, more power plants, more faith-based schools, environmental policy, and free reign for a company that would rather blow up mountaintops than look at them.
Too bad the Republicans in North Carolina are too ignorant to choose Bob Orr as their standard bearer. Bob's the only one on the right who isn't a sold-out corporate hack. Which is why he doesn't have a snowball's chance of winning.
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