North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has conceded defeat in that state’s governor’s race. The margin of defeat was razor thin — about 4,000 votes out of 4.2 million cast — and McCrory raised questions about voter fraud, especially in Democrat-leaning Durham County.
McCrory still believes there were irregularities. However, he says he’s satisfied that a majority of voters favored his opponent, Roy Cooper the state’s attorney general.
Given the closeness of the election, it’s reasonable to attribute McCrory’s defeat to corporate America’s response to the HB2 transgender bathroom issue. For example, the NBA, the NCAA, and the ACC punished North Carolina by pulling high profile sporting events from the state. In addition, corporate money poured into the coffers of McCrory’s opponent thanks to this issue.
I hope I’m not the only one who will boycott the NBA, or at least its crappy all-star game, and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, or at least the games that would have been played in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, McCrory reportedly is scheduled to visit president-elect Trump tomorrow. McCrory was not a Trump enthusiast. However, when push came to shove, he met with and endorsed Trump as the tycoon attempted (successfully in the end) to carry the important swing state of North Carolina.
Reader Ed Cottingham of Cary, North Carolina believes McCrory would be an ideal choice for FEMA director. Ed writes:
McCrory has been at his best in several natural disasters, most notably Hurricane Matthew, which is an on-going disaster in Eastern North Carolina due to massive flooding. In these situations, McCrory has the empathy of a Bill Clinton and projects the competence of a military man with a razor-sharp mind for details and operational plans.
He is full of energy but very natural and unaffected in connecting with and reassuring the people.
McCrory served as mayor of Charlotte, a Democratic city, for 14 years. This is strong evidence of his administrative competence and pragmatism.
During McCrory’s time as mayor, President George W. Bush appointed him to the United States Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He served from 2002 to 2006.
This experience suggests that Donald Trump should consider McCrory for Secretary of Homeland Security, if that job is still open. In addition, news reports suggest he might be considered for a top-level position in the Department of Energy or the Department of Transportation.
When it comes to DHS, the big question for me is McCrory’s views on illegal immigration. My research has uncovered nothing to suggest that McCrory favors amnesty (or its like) for illegal immigrants. Moreover, he signed and defended a law banning the creation of sanctuary cities in North Carolina.
It seems to me that Gov. McCrory would be an asset to the Trump administration in whatever high level position he might be offered.