Republicans now in charge of the General Assembly have oft displayed their inexperience at governing with an even hand, their tendency to bully those who disagree with them and their lack of civility with ordinary citizens such as Moral Monday demonstrators who dare to express their opinions.
But rarely has a governor who shares the same party with a General Assembly majority been insulted in the way Republican state Sen. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville spoke of Gov. Pat McCrory in an interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times. Apodaca displayed a complete lack of common courtesy and the respect a governor is due.
The newspaper asked Apodaca, his chamber’s powerful Rules Committee chairman, whether Gov. McCrory would be involved in budget talks between the House and Senate.
“No,” Apodaca said. “The governor doesn’t play much of a role in anything.”
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Apodaca, who has been in the bail business along with other interests, prides himself on being a tough guy. But his comments about the governor, coming from a ranking senator, were just plain rude.