Pat McCrory considering run for NC governor

Seven term Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory announces that he is seeking the Republican nomination for North Carolina Governor in 2008.

August 20, 2010 9:00:04 PM PDT
Pat McCrory, the Republican candidate in the 2008 race for governor, says he is considering running for governor in 2012.In the meantime, McCrory says he's focusing on helping other Republicans from North Carolina get elected.

"The state of North Carolina government is an embarrassment," McCrory said.

He says that is why he is doing everything he can to bring change to politics in the tar heel state - a state that has traditionally been dominated by Democrats locally.

"We need some diversity in the control of either the House or Senate or both right now in Raleigh," McCrory said.

And in Washington, he says, his focus is on helping Renee Ellmers beat Congressman Bob Etheridge.

Ellmers is the Republican hoping to unseat Congressman Bob Etheridge. McCrory was in Raleigh Friday helping raise money for Ellmers.

"Renee, I think, brings a bit of fresh air and new energy and new enlightenment to this job and I think the current Congressman is kind of taking this position for granted," he said.

This week, Ellmers received an endorsement from Sarah Palin, posted on Palin's Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Congressman Etheridge's campaign spokesman released a statement saying, "Bob Etheridge is going to keep focusing on creating jobs and working to protect middle-class families."

A job McCrory says Etheridge and other Democrats in office - especially Governor Bev Perdue - aren't doing well. Add to that the string of controversies with the State Board of Elections and the Highway Patrol, and McCrory says it's time for a change.

"Governor Perdue's been a part of this government for 20 years now and how many times can she get upset about hearing about this controversy, or incensed," he said. "It's time for new leadership."

McCrory says he'll be making a decision on a possible run for governor sometime next year.

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