Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton compared his opponent Pat McCrory to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying he would likely target state workers if elected.
“Scott Walker is his hero and state employees are his target,” Dalton told a state AFL-CIO convention meeting at the North Raleigh Hilton Thursday morning. “If you elect my opponent, you will have Scott Walker in North Carolina for four years."
Walker has become a favorite of many conservatives because of his effort to strip state employees in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights – and because he beat back a recall effort by Democrats. McCrory has said he would like Walker to come campaign for him.
Dalton said that when McCrory ran for governor in 2008, he vowed to “fire 10,000” state employees. He said earlier this spring, that McCrory described state employees as “arrogant.''
He noted that his Republican allies in the legislature have exempted 500 positions from civil service protections that can be used for political patronage by McCrory.
“To state it another way, 500 state employees who may be doing the best job for the state of North Carolina, serving the people of North Carolina well, he can come if he becomes governor, and he can say, 'You're out and my political buddy is in,'' Dalton said.
Brian Nick, McCrory's spokesman responded, saying, "Desperate and down in the polls, Walter Dalton's political attacks are becoming more and more sad. Pat McCrory is very proud that North Carolina is a right to work state and refuses to pander to union bosses for their special interest money and Walter Dalton clearly spent the morning doing just that."