Tuesday, October 11, 2011

McCrory skirts law, thinks he's slick

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM


It looks like Pat McCrory wants to have the best of both worlds in his ongoing game of campaign peek-a-boo. In the process, however, the way he’s going about his re-run for the governorship makes him seem like some cheap hustler trying to game the system.

Here’s what I mean: As reported by enctoday.com and the Kinston Free Press, McCrory recently announced that he has every intention of running for Gov. Bev Perdue’s position in 2012, but he doesn’t plan to make a formal announcement until early next year. McCrory told reporters that the election period is too expensive, and by waiting till next year to make a formal announcement, it “allows me to have the flexibility to travel the state without spending a lot of money and continue to make a living, like most people have to do.”

Or....as BlueNC succinctly translated McCrory’s statement: "After watching what happened to Easley and others about misreported campaign travel spending, by not announcing until later, I can get people to pay for my travel and pocket money under the guise of speaker's fees, and not have to worry about those pesky campaign finance laws!"

By pretending he’s not yet running for governor, McCrory is deliberately skirting campaign finance regulations; in other words, abusing those laws by violating their spirit. If this is a surprise to the rest of the state, we in Charlotte — who have years of experience dealing with Mr. I-Actually-Think-I’m-Slick — can tell you that the best is probably still yet to come.

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