Our View: McCrory takes ‘mayor’s attitude’ to Raleigh

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 01:00 AM

N.C. Gov.-elect Pat McCrory made bipartisan cooperation a big deal in one of his campaign advertisements in the weeks leading up to his Nov. 6 victory.
During the fall campaign, the man who’ll become the first Republican to live in the Governor’s Mansion since 1988, touted the fact that he was a nonpartisan mayor, not a partisan politician who made decisions based on party politics. He called it a “mayor’s attitude.”
The campaign ads for McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown, clearly painted him as a leader concerned more with making the best decisions for the people he served instead of the correct political decisions. And in this day of divided government and partisan bickering in local, state and national governments, it was a message that obviously resonated with many Tarheel State voters.
Last weekend, news reports indicated that McCrory has not ruled out the possibility of actually having Democrats serving in his administration. “We’re not closing any option that’s available to us,” McCrory said during an interview with the The Associated Press. “There’s a sense of urgency in making these decisions, and also we’re going through a strategy and a process to make sure we do it right.”
It will be interesting to see how this matter develops and to see whether the “let’s work together theme” McCrory espoused during the campaign has gotten lost in post-election euphoria. It certainly will be to McCrory’s benefit to make good on his rhetoric calling for cooperation.
Many North Carolinians simply are tired of the partisanship that historically has ruled state government, particularly for the last several years. For decades, Democrats ran state government with little interest in bipartisan cooperation. Then in 2010, Republicans engineered at takeover of the Legislature, a turn toward the GOP that was strengthened this past Election Day.
During the last two years, it can be argued, Republicans have engaged in a bit of political payback. So now, it would behoove Tarheel politicians of all stripes to back away from politically partisan bickering and strong-arm legislative tactics and openly discuss and debate actions and ideas for moving this state forward.
McCrory said he wants to foster a new spirit of cooperation in state government to find the best solutions to problems. We’re ready for him to get started.