Tea Party pandering in NC
June 8, 2012 3 Comments
Rather disturbing to read this today about NC’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Pat McCrory:
Pat McCrory sent a tweet at the state GOP convention that drew little attention: “Proud to support @NCGOP‘s resolution against Agenda 21.”
And congratulations to the N&O for not being wishy-washy, “Democrats say…” about this but straightforwardly calling it like it is:
With his statement, the moderate Republican mayor staked his flag with the most conservative members of his party and the tea partiers who believe the United Nations endorsement of sustainable growth, public transportation and open space policies is part of an international conspiracy.
McCrory endorsed a resolution calling Agenda 21 “a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering and global political control.”
Foxx, the Democrat who succeeded McCrory, accused him of “pandering.
“If there were ever a Republican considered ‘progressive’ on smart growth, it was Pat McCrory as mayor of Charlotte. He pushed for higher taxes to support transit and policies that encouraged dense, urban development. If he’s pulling away his support of progressive growth policies, it’s against the grain of what Charlotte has been doing, even under his tenure as mayor.”
The headline to this reads: “Dalton accuses McCrory of pandering to Tea Party.” Of course, “McCrory panders to Tea Party would have been more accurate.”
What also really bugs me is that McCrory is always seen as such a moderate and reasonable Republican despite doing things like this. What’s it going to take for people to realize he’s not actually so reasonable. Even if he doesn’t believe this embarrassing Tea Party crap, the fact that he’s willing to endorse him does not speak well of him at all.