Would McCrory be a good fit in the Trump Administration?

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Gov. Pat McCrory meets with President-elect Donald Trump
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Gov. Pat McCrory meets with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City.

NEW YORK (WTVD) -- Speculation is swirling around the Wednesday morning meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and the outgoing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCrory arrived at Trump Tower in New York City just after 10 a.m. He took the elevator without speaking to reporters, so his arrival is all anyone on the outside knows as far as details.

It's no secret that Trump has been appointing people to top jobs, so this meeting with McCrory has people wondering what could be next for the 74th governor of North Carolina.

"I think the Trump people have been interested in Mr. McCrory for a while," said Dallas Woodhouse, Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Woodhouse said he isn't privy to any inside information, so he too could only speculate, but said there are a number of items on McCrory's resume that could have piqued Trump's interest.

"When it comes to tax reform, when it comes to education reform, when it comes to deregulating our economy and getting it going again and those things would just fit very well in a lot of the things Mr. Trump has said he wants to do in his administration," Woodhouse said.

He also pointed to McCrory's experience in disaster relief, infrastructure, transportation as well as his goals for energy exploration.

"That would be a great fit, that he started getting the energy sector in North Carolina going, but a lot of the hiccups were a crushing federal government but could now go to the other side and help us get energy exploration off the coast going, helping our domestic hydraulic fracturing going in North Carolina," said Woodhouse.

McCrory was also at Trump's victory rally in Fayetteville on Tuesday night.


He has shown support for Trump during the election and developed somewhat of a relationship that could possibly translate well for the future.

"Governor McCrory was with Trump the whole way and I was back stage with them at times, they had a good rapport. I think that while they're not the same exact kind of people, I think they had a lot of connection when they were together," Woodhouse said. "But of course it's up to the President-elect to decide what he's going to do, and whether Mr. McCrory wants to do that or if he wants to go back to Charlotte and be in the private sector for a while."

For now only time will tell. Meantime, Woodhouse was quick to point out that the governor still has work to do before he leaves office.

McCrory said in his remaining weeks his team will focus on developing a financial plan to be approved during the special legislative session called for those impacted by Hurricane Matthew and the wildfires in the western part of North Carolina.

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