Pat McCrory clarified his criticism of Louisiana today.
In previous speeches and debates, the Republican gubernatorial candidate has compared recent scandals in North Carolina state politics to Louisiana.
"I want to make sure we're not like Louisiana," he said at a WTVD debate in mid August. "I want to bring back good government to North Carolina. And that starts at the executive branch right here in Raleigh."
Coincidentally or not, he amended his speech line during a gubernatorial forum on ethics in downtown Raleigh around noon.
He spoke about an "ethical breakdown" in state government over the last eight years, saying they "more resemble Huey Long Louisiana politics than the good government we've always been proud of."
Long was governor and senator in Louisiana in the 1920s and 1930s; Roemer in the late 1980s and early 1990s.