Walter Dalton said he would not release a daily public schedule if elected governor, unlike his Republican rival Pat McCrory who has pledged to do so.
Dalton, the Democratic lieutenant governor, said his policy is to announce public events to the media 24 hours in advance and he would do the same as governor. "I think we would generally continue to do what we've done," he said in a recent interview.
McCrory made the release of a public schedule a campaign issue earlier this year after Gov. Bev Perdue took an unannounced trip to Pennsylvania at the invitation of a fracking industry proponent. Unlike governors in other states, Perdue doesn't release a daily calendar or announce every public appearance.
Last month, Perdue was scheduled a speech at the Chapel Hill Rotary Club but her office made no mention of the visit. (The last time reporters attended a Rotary Club meeting featuring the governor, she suggested (in jest -- her office later clarified) suspending congressional elections for two years, sparking a fervor.)
"It appears that Dalton just wants to emulate Governor Bev Perdue’s scheduling secrecy, further cementing his BevPart2 reputation," said state GOP executive director Scott Laster.
A Dalton campaign spokesman rejected the Republican spin and said the release of a daily schedule is not a serious campaign issue.