State Rep. Michael Speciale, a Republican from New Bern, now has a Democratic opponent: New Bern lawyer Whit Whitley. Whitley called himself “middle of the road” in announcing his candidacy. Speciale is perhaps best known for challenging the puppy mill bill championed by first lady Ann McCrory last session. The bill required access to fresh food and water, daily exercise, appropriate veterinary care, and if needed, humane euthanasia. During the debate, which the first lady watched, Speciale said the bill was too vague.
“Daily exercise. If I kick the dog across the room every day, is that considered daily exercise?” he asked. “Euthanasia performed humanely. Should I choose the ax or the baseball bat?”
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“ ‘Jerry Orr’s 71 (sic) years old,’ said McCrory. ‘He’s been great for the airport, but it’s time to move on. I think Jerry could still add some value, but it’s time to move on. This is not about an individual.’ ”
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As for what McCrory is up to today, his office has again said no public events.