At his first news conference as North Carolina’s governor-elect, Republican Pat McCrory pledged to reach out to legislative leaders in both parties and “move very quickly” on forming an administration.
McCrory plans to speak to reporters in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon to offer details of his transition. “There’s not a lot of days to move so we’re going to move very quickly,” McCrory told a news conference at the Westin in Charlotte on Wednesday. “And there’s a sense of urgency.”
The former Charlotte mayor, joined by key advisers, was still exulting in his 12-point victory over Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. He carried 77 of the state’s 100 counties, including many traditionally Democratic counties in the East.
Jack Hawke, a senior strategist for McCrory and the state’s two other most recent Republican governors, touted McCrory’s achievement.
Former GOP Govs. Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin won with the help of Republican presidential landslides in 1972 and 1984. Although Republican Mitt Romney carried North Carolina despite losing the presidential election, McCrory outpolled him in the state.
But McCrory inadvertently offered a glimpse of the learning curve facing him. He announced that Thursday’s Raleigh news conference would be in the state’s “Alamance” Building. Hawke quietly corrected him: It’s the Albemarle Building.
“See, I’m from outside,” McCrory said.
--Jim Morrill, Observer staff writer