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Pat McCrory 'butchered' his new transportation secretary's name

Gov.-elect Pat McCrory nominated Tony Tata as his transportation secretary Thursday but didn't know how to say his name.

At the press conference, McCrory repeatedly pronounced it "TATT-ah" with a short-A syllable. Tata didn't flinch and didn't mention the mistake when he took the podium.

But afterward, when McCrory heard a reporter address Tata (pronounced TAY-tuh), he realized what he did. “I probably butchered your name; I apologize,” McCrory told Tata.

Tata smiled and shrugged it off. “Sometimes it’s hard to get that long-A,” he said.

--Staff writerBruce Siceloff


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