First Lady Ann McCrory made a rare public appearance Thursday at the Durham Rescue Mission, reading books to children and handing out paper plate for lunch.
McCrory's handlers -- press secretary Ricky Diaz and the governor's sister, Linda Sebastian -- didn't let any reporters near her at the event and continually attempted to control photographers movements before asking them to leave the building before the end of the event, the N&O's Chuck Liddy reports.
More from the scene: Originally, photographers weren't allowed to photograph the First Lady and her sister, Kitty Hartung, reading a storybook to some of the children in the mission's daycare facility. Sebastian even attempted to have the mission's photographer banned from the room. The decision was changed minutes later and she allowed media still photographers about one minute to take photos of the event. Later at the lunch, the photographers and reporters were told to stand across the room from the first lady, unable to hear her interact at a table with two women who live at the mission's shelter. Before the event finished McCrory's press secretary escorted the photographers from the building.
No TV reporters were at the event. Only a photographer and reporter from the Durham Herald-Sun and the News & Observer/Charlotte Observer.