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In radio interview, McCrory defends wife's privacy

Gov. Pat McCrory defended his wife's privacy Thursday, saying "she has no interest in the spotlight."

In an interview with a Raleigh radio station, the Republican talked about his wife's private role as First Lady for the first time. Earlier this month, he declined to talk about his wife for a profile on Ann McCrory. "She refuses to talk to (the press)," McCrory said, touting that she's never been interviewed. "She says, 'That's your gig, I'll do my own thing.'"

McCrory mentioned his wife's trip to the Durham Rescue Mission ahead of the inauguration, saying she shunned a pricey luncheon (a Junior League fundraiser) to volunteer in the community. "She invited no press there," he said. "She didn't allow any cameras." (At least two photographers were told of the event and attended.)

McCrory received a friendly welcome on the radio show, G105's "Bob and the Showgram." One of the hosts started by saying that after she attended the governor's ball, "I'm so Team Pat now."

"(Ann McCrory) is behind the scenes has no desire to being the limelight," one of the female hosts said. "You kind of have to appreciate that. … It just makes your family seem to be so down to earth."

Bob Dumas, the show's namesake, showered McCrory with more love and took a swing at former Gov. Bev Perdue. "I'm a big fan because you don't look like the Riddler," he said, comparing the state's first female governor to the Batman comic villain. It was difficult to hear but McCrory seemed to laugh, though he didn't say anything. "I'm so happy to have a governor who actually has some common sense," Dumas continued.

Also in the interview, the governor said he and his wife plan to live in the mansion but one family member is still missing: their dog Moe. They hope to bring him to Raleigh soon. "You've brought up a very sensitive subject between my wife and I," McCrory said. "He's my child. He's a mama's boy. He's the most spoiled thing in the world."

McCrory said it was a tough topic because he misses the 85-pound brown lab and boxer mix they adopted from the shelter after he was found at a train station and no one would take him. ("He was within hours of being put down," he added.) McCrory hasn't seen him in two weeks, "the longest ever."

One personal topic McCrory wouldn't answer. Asked the famous political question, boxers or briefs, McCrory chuckled. "I'm not getting into that," he said.


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