Wednesday, November 07, 2007

McCrory's first win an '--- kicking'

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory’s reelection Tuesday was another in a long line of political victories, probably made sweeter by voters’ decision to retain a transit tax the mayor had supported. The win gives McCrory, a Republican, a seventh term as mayor, quite a political accomplishment for a candidate who was relatively unknown when he first ran for city council.
But one of McCrory’s first political opponents says McCrory’s first win more than three decades ago also was a big one. Marshall Hurley, a prominent Republican and well-known Greensboro lawyer, was a boyhood neighbor of McCrory’s at Ragsdale High School on Greensboro’s southwest side. McCrory’s parents were Democrats, and Hurley and McCrory – friends then as now – ran against one another for student body president at Ragsdale in the early 1970s. Hurley was a Republican, and McCrory ran against the “pseudo elite,” whoever that was.
But McCrory “didn’t just defeat me,” recalls Hurley. “He kicked my ---.”
Hurley isn’t the only Guilford County victim of McCrory’s political popularity.
Democratic state Rep. Beverly Earle of Mecklenburg also grew up in Greensboro, attending Dudley High School on Greensboro’s east side in the days before school desegregation had a significant effect. She challenged McCrory for mayor but McCrory took 61 percent of the votes Tuesday – well over landslide proportions. She knows how Marshall Hurley felt.

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Anonymous said...

If this impotent mayor is a Replublican, you are an elf. One thiing we can look forward to again, it will be the same "leadership" that will not help us get road money and more DA's. Yep, status quo won and all aboard the choo choos.

Anonymous said...

how can you say he will not help us get road money. McCrory is the main one who has been hounding the state legislature to change the way the road funding system works. his pressure is finally getting Charlotte back on the state's priority list for roads and other funding.

David McKnight said...

Pat McCrory's parents were Greensboro Democrats? How about that--the land of McNeill Smith and Richardson Preyer.

But Jack, how does a Greensboro Democrat get to be a Charlotte Republican? Maybe there's more civic and political opportunity in the Democratic Party in Greensboro than in Charlotte. Or maybe the Republican Party is really the main game in town for the Charlotte political and journalism communities.

That's one issue I have been working on through the years in North Carolina although seemingly without a lot of success--to work for a Charlotte where the sky is the limit in public service careers regardless of whether you're a Democrat or a Republican.

Greensboro has always been a good example of a Southern city where both the major parties can encourage and promote local leadership not only for service to the city but also for regional and statewide public service opportunities.

Charlotte would do well to emulate Greensboro in this one particular category. But we'll never learn to speak with a proper Greensboro accent. The late Henry Boggan of WBT radio, who once worked at Greensboro's WBIG, was one of the few Charlotte people I ever knew who could render the proper Greensboro "bow-row."

Maybe Mayor McCrory could give us a splash of the high-brow, upper-Piedmont Greensboro accent just for old times' sake.

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