At his first news conference as North Carolinas governor-elect, Republican Pat McCrory pledged to reach out to legislative leaders in both parties and move very quickly on forming an administration.
McCrory plans to speak to reporters in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon to offer details of his transition. Theres not a lot of days to move so were going to move very quickly, McCrory told a news conference at the Westin in Charlotte on Wednesday. And theres a sense of urgency.
The former Charlotte mayor, joined by key advisers, was still exulting in his 12-point victory over Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. He carried 77 of the states 100 counties, including many traditionally Democratic counties in the East.
Jack Hawke, a senior strategist for McCrory and the states two other most recent Republican governors, touted McCrorys achievement.
Former GOP Govs. Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin won with the help of Republican presidential landslides in 1972 and 1984. Although Republican Mitt Romney carried North Carolina despite losing the presidential election, McCrory outpolled him in the state.
But McCrory inadvertently offered a glimpse of the learning curve facing him. He announced that Thursdays Raleigh news conference would be in the states Alamance Building. Hawke quietly corrected him: Its the Albemarle Building.
See, Im from outside, McCrory said.