In what is likely a prelude to next year's governor's race, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is trying to drum up support for a legislative override to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the health care bill.
McCrory has recorded an audio message asking voters to contact to their lawmakers and ask them to override the veto,
The message is being paid for by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that fought passage of the health care overhaul bill by the Democratic Congress which was supported by President Barack Obama. McCrory had toured the state with the group, fighting the measure's passage.
The message is being sent to home telephones, and is also is being distributed over the Internet through the social media such as Facebook, according to Dallas Woodhouse, the group's director.
McCrory, who lost to Perdue in 2008, is widely expected to challenge her next year.
“A majority of states have challenged the worst parts of ObamaCare, and two federal judges have agreed that the bill is unconstitutional,” McCrory said in the recorded message. “The N.C. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill to protect North Carolinians from a federal government to buy health insurance and other unconstitutional parts of Obamacare.”
“However, after a trip to Washington and meetings with big government liberals including President Obama, Governor Perdue vetoed this common sense legislation,” McCrory said.
Actually, Perdue took the step after state Attorney General Roy Cooper said the bill passed by the legislature was unconstitutional and would also jeopardize federal health funding.