Democrat Walter Dalton Friday tried to make an issue of Republican Pat McCrory's support for a GOP resolution dealing with sustainable growth, saying he has “embraced extreme ideological positions.''
At the state GOP convention last weekend, McCrory, the GOP convention sent out a twee that said: "Proud to support @NCGOP's resolution against Agenda 21."
In doing so, McCrory aligned himself with the most conservative members of his party who believe the United Nations endorsement of sustainable growth, public transportation and open space policies is part of an international conspiracy.
Dalton, the Democratic nominee for governor, lined up a statement with Democratic mayors Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, Bill Bell of Durham Terry Bellamy of Durham, and Scott Padgett of Concord to say that McCrory was pandering the tea partiers.
“North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in the nation and maintaining our status as the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family requires comprehensive planning,” said Dalton, the lieutenant governor. “As former mayor of Charlotte, no should understand this more clearly than Pat McCrory. Unfortunately, through his disavowal of smart growth, candidate McCrory has embraced extreme ideological positions and abandoned common sense approaches that lead to responsible growth and economic development.''
Foxx, the Democrat who succeeded McCrory, accused him of “pandering.
“If there were ever a Republican considered 'progressive' on smart growth, it was Pat McCrory as mayor of Charlotte. He pushed for higher taxes to support transit and policies that encouraged dense, urban development. If he's pulling away his support of progressive growth policies, it's against the grain of what Charlotte has been doing, even under his tenure as mayor.''