Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton suggested Monday that his GOP candidate was making his living bringing in business as a potential governor to a major Charlotte law firm.
After speaking to the Raleigh Rotary Club, Dalton questioned the role of former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory with the firm of Moore & Van Allen, a large firm. He noted that McCrory is neither a lawyer and says he does not lobbying.
“They say he is a rain maker in new client development,” Dalton told reporters. “How is he making the rain? Are they lining up big corporations at the door and going ka-ching, ka-ching, and bringing them in and saying 'this is Pat the McCrory the guy we are going to make governor of North Carolina: Tell them what you want and we want you as a good client and this is what we can do for you'''?
“I don't know that is what is going on,” Dalton said. But he added that that is what rain makers do and that “people deserve to know.''
Moore & Van Allen is one of the largest law firms in the Southeast with more than 300 attorneys. McCrory is director of strategic initiatives and says he is a policy consultant on issues such as energy and land use and also does client development and marketing.
Meanwhile, McCrory's campaign on Monday put out a statement criticizing Dalton's tenure as co-chairman of the Senate budget committee, saying during those years state spending increased 2.5 times faster than North Carolina' rate of economic growth.
“Walter Dalton can try and distance himself from he and Governor Perdue's broken government policies that helped dig North Carolina into a fiscal mess, but North Carolina won't get fooled again,” the McCrory campaign said.