Char-O delivers a McCrory puff-piece today, no big surprise since they've already endorsed the guy.
A seven-term mayor, McCrory plays political ringmaster, and he enjoys it. And it shows. He literally backslaps, grabs the arm of the person whose hand he's shaking and leans in close to talk. He's a wisecracker who, standing in the back of a room during a speech, tells jokes in a stage whisper to the person next to him. His answers can be sketchy on details, but he also isn't afraid to say “I don't know.”
He also possesses an infamously short temper that has flared in private and public alike. “He does lose it occasionally,” said McCrory's predecessor as mayor, Republican Richard Vinroot. “And sometimes that's not very becoming, and he would admit that. But that's part of his personality and, frankly, part of his appeal.”
There you go. The Charlotte Observer Republican mindset: Pat McCrory is an asshole. That's part of his appeal.