Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin met this week with Republican Mike Causey to talk about his agency’s transition – a meeting Goodwin says Gov. Pat McCrory should have with Democrat Roy Cooper.
Goodwin, a two-term Democrat, said shortly after the election that he wouldn’t concede until after all provisional and absentee ballots are counted in the close race. As of the latest count Wednesday afternoon, Causey leads Goodwin by 37,546, or 0.84 percent of votes cast – outside the margin for a recount if the lead doesn’t change dramatically.
“I’ve spoken personally with Mike Causey several times since Election Day and have had very pleasant, productive conversations with him as the final votes were being counted in this close race,” Goodwin said in an email this week. “Further, on Monday I introduced him and his transition team to mine. During that meeting with them we shared input on time-sensitive matters. I’ve assured him we will be as helpful for him as he’d like on the transition as there are many complex, technical insurance issues on the near horizon.”
Democrats have been calling on McCrory to concede to Cooper. That election was much closer than the insurance commissioner race, with McCrory currently trailing by about 7,000 votes in the latest count.
Goodwin said the governor’s office should begin a transition process much like the one under way at the Department of Insurance.
“We owe North Carolinians a smooth and successful transition,” Goodwin said. “As I have already done with Mike Causey, I hope that Gov. McCrory will move on and work with Governor-elect Cooper to ensure such a transition to the new team of Tar Heel leaders.”
Cooper has declared himself governor-elect and named a transition team, but the McCrory campaign says it’s premature to do so before all votes are counted.
McCrory and Republican state auditor candidate Chuck Stuber have both called for recounts in their close races. The race for attorney general is currently outside the margin for a recount, but Republican Buck Newton has not conceded.
“With the race so close, we are waiting for all the votes to be counted,” Newton spokesman Michael Luethy said this week.