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Pearce: Tata a bully? Pope a flunky?

Gary Pearce, the veteran Democratic strategist, gives his take on some of GOP Gov. Pat McCrory's Cabinet picks on his blog, Talking About Politics, which can be found at www.talkingaboutpolitics.com
"Some critics forget a big point about Governor McCrory’s appointments: He won. He gets to pick who he wants. No matter what you think.

That said, three questions arise.

First, Tony Tata? Really? The knock on Tata as Wake school head was that he was a bully who brooked no dissent or disagreement. And that led directly to the school bus debacle. Did McCrory check that out?

That style won’t work at DOT. Worse for McCrory, it could anger legislators, DOT board members and campaign contributors.

Second, why does McCrory & Co. sound defensive about his appointments? They hasten to say his Cabinet is half Republicans and half Democrats or Independents. So what? You expect him to pick political soul mates.

Third, why call Art Pope “deputy” budget director? Yes, the Governor is Director of the Budget. But every other governor has called their pick Budget Director or Budget Officer.

Is the Governor trying to make us think Art is just a flunky? Well, we may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night.


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