The Charlotte Curse?

For a bunch of smart writers, the folks who run the editorial page at the Charlotte branch of the News and Observer still don't get it. In this morning's editorial, they lament the Charlotte "curse" as they scratch their heads and wonder what happened to Mayor McCrory.

Yet for Charlotte the outcome of this gubernatorial contest is a bittersweet moment. Perdue's narrow victory came against Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, who ran a strong campaign that urged fundamental reforms in state government. A win for McCrory, a Republican, would have put a primarily urban perspective in the governor's mansion for the first time and sent an outsider to Raleigh. It also would have dispelled the myth of the Charlotte curse – the consistent failure by candidates from the state's largest city to get elected to statewide offices.

I don't know about earlier forms of the "curse," but the issue this time wasn't about geography at all. In this instance, it was about a mayor who hadn't spend one second thinking about all of North Carolina until he decided he wanted to be governor. Charlotte's political isolation from the rest of North Carolina is one of Pat McCrory's choosing. If it is a curse, it is self-inflicted.

Mr. McCrory has complained about Charlotte being "left out" for years, but did almost nothing that I can see to reach out effectively to engage the statewide community.

Being a big city mayor shouldn't be a barrier to becoming governor, nor should it carry a presumption of preference.

James

PS Last night on the teevee, pundit Bob Orr said that Pat McCrory stuck to the issues, and should have "gone negative" in the final weeks. I don't know which McCrory campaign Bob Orr was watching ... but it wasn't the same one I saw. That comment by Orr was a big disappointment to me.

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BlueNC

I sent many emails to the McCrory campaign inviting him to visit with us at BlueNC - and never even received the decency of a "no thank you."

Bev used the Charlotte "curse"

in her ads out east. She took advantage of it. She would have lost otherwise. In other words. There is no Charlotte curse unless the other candidate creates it in the minds of the voters in other areas of the state. I'm not saying Bev was wrong to do it. I'm glad she did. I'm too exhausted still to know whether I'm saying this right, but the "curse" isn't something that exists. It is something that is created.



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You're saying it right

Perhaps the real curse is that McCrory didn't even carry Mecklenburg County.

J

PS O-No! in Raleigh also has a back-handed editorial on the race. I guess they're smarting from the lack of impact of their McCrory endorsements.

He carried Union by a huge margin

Larry Kissell was the only Dem who won in Union. (He doesn't have the entire county in the 8th, though.)



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I saw that

and for the first time had the realization of what life must look like for you in that sea of red. I think I remember it was 69 or 70%

I'll be doing a post later today (heh)

that will paint a small picture of hope in this sea of red.



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Orange goes 72% to 27%

My precinct:
Obama - 429
McCain - 195

Actually, slightly more Republican than Orange in general. BUT, that is because early voting was not listed there. We had 1800 people vote early in my precinct.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

McCrory was always negative

McCrory went negative from the beginning by painting a picture of Bev Perdue as the heir apparent of an evil empire.

Few ever really questioned his assumptions or his straw man arguments or dug into his background and positions the way Perdue's were.

Exactly, Greg.

He came out of the blocks attacking Perdue for things she had nothing to do with. I guess Bob Orr probably doesn't include telling lies about a candidate as "negative."

"Negative is in the eye of the beholder"

Let's face it, Perdue and her allies spent millions in negative ads attacking McCrory. While the RGA certainly went negative on Perdue, I don't recall any of McCrory's ads going negative - at least by using the same standard as the Perdue campaign obviously used. McCrory ultimately needed to hold Perdue accountable for a wide range of failures in state government from drop-out rates to the mental health disaster. Attacking Perdue on issues like that might be deemed "going negative" but he needed to do it in order to win. He didn't - and he lost.

I agree somewhat

His ads were not horrible. The one time I saw him in person though (and what I saw of the debateS), 90% of his stump speech was an attack on Bev, with a lot of personal stuff.

But you are right the negative ads were coming from outside groups who did Pat no favors.

I actually thought he ran a good campaign (and Bev ran a bad one) to even make it close.

I agree completely

That is, I agree with Scalawag completely, which I guess means I agree with you, TarGator, somewhat. McCrory pandered hard to the right, but he didn't nail Perdue with the party machine corruption, which I thought was kind of curious. I wondered whether he felt vulnerable in some sense to mudslinging on corruption issues or whether it was felt that he would look worse "attacking" someone who comes across so genially.

I hope that Perdue will make a name for herself by being a *different* kind of governor rather than just the first female governor, but based on the faces I saw last night in various campaign suites at the Marriott, the old time cronies are counting on business as usual.

Please, Governor Perdue, please don't conduct business as usual.

I think it's up to us to make sure it's not business as usual.

I applaud your call to the Governor-elect. I too hope she will draw a clear and bright line between the shady past and the transparent future - and to move forward with the same spirit and commitment to change that President Obama will.

That won't be easy. Somebody will have to be the conscience of the common good because the corporatists are already out in full force.

That somebody will have to be us. This is an area where you and I will find ourselves in strong agreement.

I suppose it could be the hangover

But I'm finding it difficult to feel positive on that particular score just now.
(Not that I won't work on it -- but am currently in semi-wallow mode and think a bit of time, more sleep and blood sugar will do me some good.)

I don't see the connection between our desire for a difference and how Perdue runs her office. I don't see a mechanism other than the ballot, and she doesn't have to worry about that. She won't have to worry about it in four years, either, unless something outrageously ridiculous occurs -- like a key aide accepting a fat envelope in a restaurant bathroom. The "corporatists" aren't just out in full force; they're in control of the state. They're usually fairly adept at NOT being caught handing over envelopes and especially clever about preserving plausible deniability in the way "undertandings" are conveyed from fat cat to fat cat.

Perdue has *not* said it won't be business as usual. She has promised to tweak some requirements, not transform the way offices in state government are filled. Now, to give her credit, she didn't promise anything she knew she couldn't deliver, but she didn't promise to TRY, either. She can do just what she said, no more, and claim quite truthfully to have fulfilled her campaign promise.

But that's not reform.

I want to wake up and believe that she's utterly and completely different from the person so many of us have concluded she is from having watched her such a long time.

I heard it. lofT

Maybe I'll give it another listen when my head stops hurting, and hear it more clearly.

Poor John.

In 2004, silly conservative pundits wrote off the national Democratic Party after successful GOP campaigns for president and Congress gave the party unified control in Washington. Two years later, those pundits were forced to backtrack, embarrassed. Now, there’s a good chance that silly liberal pundits will do something similar, both at the national level and here in our own state.

In fact, the only thing I've heard Liberals talking about is working together. Seems like we have learned from our past mistakes (1938-1994) and the Republican mistakes (1994-2004). There are some things that are facts, like what I wrote earlier, Obama WILL replace a couple Supreme Court Judges at minimum, maybe even more. There are some things we'll see by default of having control of all three facets of government, unions will grow stronger, big business will lose SOME influence, minimum wage will increase.

But, I think there are few and far between that expect Barack Obama to actually be a socialist, other than, oddly enough, the Limbaugh crowd.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Focus of new Dem leadership.

From MSNBC:

We are hearing that the first order of business in the House will be a new stimulus package. Then they want to take up two items right off the bat that were stalled by presidential vetoes -- SCHIP and stem cell research funding -- in an effort to demonstrate the difference between having a Democrat in the White House and having a Republican there.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Well said

Mr. McCrory has complained about Charlotte being "left out" for years, but did almost nothing that I can see to reach out effectively to engage the statewide community.

First, Charlotte needs to first proudly proclaim/admit it is actually located in North Carolina. Next, it needs to start acting as if it is in North Carolina. Only then will the rest of North Carolina accept its legitimacy.

Moot if you can't win your own county

McCrory lost his own territory. The curse was not about Charlotte, but having the wrong policies.

Another year of McCrory

Well, hopefully my fellow Mecklenburgers who live in Charlotte will finally wise up and boot him out next year.

Anthony Foxx, who is currently on City Council has already announced he is going to run plus Malcolm Graham, current state legislator may be running also.

“We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.” ~ Barack Obama

Seems to me that Campaign for Change

should move right in to Anthony Foxx's garage and just keep on going. Get the email lists, get the volunteer lists, and start now.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Foxx was an Obama delegate to the convention

Plus his campaign manager, Kevin Monroe, was one of the biggies statewide.

Kevin runs a great campaign and is just a real nice guy so this will be a well run campaign.

“We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.” ~ Barack Obama

McCrory's Big Screw-up

I think McCrory's big screw-up was he ran a Charlotte-centric campaign in a Raleigh-centric state. There were times he seemed completely unfamiliar with RTP and the high-tech fueled economy of the Triangle. That put quite a few people off. He seemed to be reading from a GOP playbook written in the mid 70s when Raleigh was dependent upon State and university jobs.

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