Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory made it clear that he doesn't think much of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's handling of the mental health issues.
At a women's luncheon in Raleigh on Tuesday, he said mental health is one of the most difficult issues facing the state.
The likely GOP candidate for governor said he still doesn't the closing of Dorothea Dix Hospital.
“It made no sense to me at the time to close something when you are are short of beds,” McCrory said in response to a question from the audience. “And it still doesn't make sense. I don't know what the executive branch's long-term strategy is. It's a tough issue. “
“Our emergency rooms and our jails are full of people with mental health issues.,” McCrory said.
He referred to an AP article that noted an internal review of conditions at Central Prison where inmates with serious mental illnesses were neglected by staff. He called it “inexcusable.”
“They (Perdue administration) have to be talking about. The last three years they are not talking about it. It's as if in the last three years they are off in another room.”
Marc Farinella, a Perdue political consultant, said McCrory's comments were hypocritical.
“Gov. Perdue's proposed budget invested an additional $75 million in mental health to address the very problems McCrory is referring to, but he and the Republican legislature opposed her budget and failed to include these funds in her own budget,” Farinella said.