Under the Dome

McCrory convenes new Council of State, declines to back Berger

Gov.-elect Pat McCrory convened an informal Council of State meeting hours after the current panel met Tuesday to decide the Dix land lease deal.

At the meeting of the incoming Council of State, the Dix vote from earlier in the morning didn't get discussed, said McCrory spokesman Chris Walker. It was more of a get-to-know-everyone meeting, he said, in which all pledged to work together.

Through the spokesman, McCrory declined to comment on the Dix deal and wouldn't publicly support Republican Senate leader Phil Berger's efforts to find a legal way to block the lease to the City of Raleigh.

As far as the future Council of State, it isn't changing too much. Only two current council members weren't present at the meeting: Gov. Bev Perdue and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.

Only McCrory and incoming GOP Lieutenant Gov. Dan Forest are new and the board remains Democrat-majority. But the board break down is now 6 to 4 favoring Democrats, instead of 8-2.

Perdue and Dalton didn't give a sappy goodbye to their fellow state leaders at the final council meeting Tuesday. But Perdue did joke at one point about Dalton's complicated legal explanation of one matter on the agenda. "I'm brushing up on my legal skills," Dalton chuckled in reply. 

Dalton, a lawyer, has not yet announced his plans once he leaves office.

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