Pat McCrory says he will consider another run for governor

McCrory has yet again declined to shut the door on running for governor in 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory just landed a new job on talk radio in Charlotte, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still pining for his old gig. 

McCrory lost his reelection bid by a narrow margin, and has been clear since losing that he feels his record hasn’t gotten enough respect, and that appears to be playing on his mind as he plots his course for 2020.

During an interview with the Associated Press he said he left the door wide open for another gubernatorial run. 

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“I’ll consider it down the road,” he said. “I think it’s way too early for anybody to make that decision.”

This is not the first time McCrory has failed to dismiss the possibility of running in the governor’s race for a fourth consecutive time. 

Following an appearance at a state Republican party convention in Wilmington, he told reporters he would make that decision “much further in the future.”

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At that time he also claimed, “I know for a fact that we had a lot of non-citizens that were voting,” despite an audit by the State Board of Elections that found a mere 41 such votes.

McCrory’s downfall was in no small part due to his decision to sign anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2 (HB2) into law, costing the state jobs, as well as millions in lost revenue, due to boycotts. While the law has been repealed, it prevents states from providing protections to the LGBTQ community through nondiscrimination ordinances, or changing bathroom use policies to be more inclusive of trans people, until 2020.

He was previously being considered for a Trump Cabinet position, but that never panned out.


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Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006.@jefftaylorhuman.