Under the Dome

McCrory treads lightly on Lightfoot appointment

Gov. Pat McCrory tread carefully when was asked Tuesday about Dianna Lightfoot, the controversial appointment to head the pre-kindergarten program that blew up last week.

The governor didn't want to get into the details of who was involved in the hiring of Lightfoot, apparently not wanting to put Health and Human Resources Secretary Aldona Wos, who he highly recruited for the post, on the spot.

“I do not approve all undersecretaries,” McCrory said in an interview. “I give my secretaries a lot of flexibility.''

But when asked if he had signed off on the hiring, McCrory said he would defer any comment on the specifics to the DHHS.

But he did say he thought his administration had “a great batting average” in getting good candidates to serve.

Lightfoot was supposed to start this week as director of childhood development and early education at DHHS. But her appointment was withdrawn after it was disclosed that that she had made online statements saying that early childhood programs promoted “an entitlement mentality,” and referred to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “butch'' among other things.

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