Pat McCrory became head of a group of Republican mayors in 2000.
According to a Dec. 13 article in the Charlotte Observer that year, the Charlotte mayor won a yearlong term as president of Republican Mayors and Local Officials:
RMLO executive board members this fall asked McCrory, who faced no competition, to run for president though he hadn't been particularly active in the group, which pushes Republican solutions to municipal problems. He has earned a reputation among mayors, however, particularly as chair of the Energy and Environment Committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
He said that he would spend a day or two each month in Washington, arguing for Republican solutions to municipal issues on behalf of the 750-member group. In particular, he said he would press for local control and against unfunded mandates.
"It gives me access to both the executive and the congressional branch. It helps open doors, and any time you open doors you help Charlotte," he said. "If I meet with (Senate Majority Leader) Trent Lott, Charlotte's request will be in the room too."