Except for some TV cameras, Bicentennial Mall in downtown Raleigh was mostly empty on Thursday when Madison Kimrey, a 12-year-old activist, showed up for a meeting with cake, lemonade and – hopefully – Gov. Pat McCrory.
“I didn’t poison it, I promise,” Madison said, gesturing to a homemade chocolate bundt cake. She announced in a YouTube video she wanted to eat cake and converse with the governor about some recently signed laws she disagrees with – namely the voter ID and election law. She also brought a 1,055-page petition she planned to deliver to him asking him for a meeting to discuss the voter ID law, specifically the provision that stops preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
Madison said she didn’t think McCrory would show, especially after comments he made on Wednesday during a radio interview. He indicated liberal groups were responsible for the meeting request.
Eric Lundy, a regional organizer for MoveOn.org, attended the event, helping set out a table cloth, plates and lemonade. But he insisted he was only there “helping out with logistics,” and Madison came to him to ask about doing a petition.
The meeting was set for 2 p.m. As of 2:20, McCrory hadn't made an appearance.