Gov. Pat McCrory, describing himself as an “outsider” who is challenging the “good-ole-boy and good-ole-girl” system of state government, defended his eight-month record in Raleigh during a stop Thursday (Sept. 12) at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro.
McCrory spoke to a standing-room only crowd largely dominated by the Republican faithful of far-Western North Carolina. Attendees included state Sen. Jim Davis (R-Macon) and Jackson County Commissioners Jack Debnam and Doug Cody.
“I’ve had to push against the status quo, the status quo of that culture,” McCrory said of North Carolina government. “I got elected to make change and to turn this state around.”
Among his accomplishments, McCrory numbered tax reform, changes to the transportation-funding formula, boosting funding to education and making a start toward overhauling the state personnel system. This means: