Pat McCrory has a new business, and it’s about leadership

McCrory reflects on his term as North Carolina's governor

Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory reflects on the past four years in a video released by his office on his last day as governor.
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Outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory reflects on the past four years in a video released by his office on his last day as governor.

He reached North Carolina’s top office in 2013, and now he’s launching a business invoking that accomplishment.

Former Gov. Pat McCrory, the state’s 74th governor, recently launched 74Leadership Inc.

The business appears to be headquartered at his home, a $516,000 house in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood. He filed the paperwork in November, shortly before securing his own show on a radio station in Charlotte.

McCrory didn’t respond to questions about what the business will do.

McCrory lost a campaign for governor in 2008, won the job in 2012 and lost to Democrat Roy Cooper in 2016. He hasn’t ruled out running for office again. A poll released this week shows he has a higher favorability rating than Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Republican who’s expected to run for governor in 2020.

McCrory made headlines last year when he claimed that some employers were reluctant to hire him because he signed the controversial law, known as HB2, that required transgender people in government buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate.

But he said at the time he had “accepted several opportunities in business to do work that I’d done prior to becoming governor in consulting and advisory board positions, and I’ve also been exploring other opportunities in academia, nonprofits and government,” he said.

He worked at Duke Energy for 29 years before running for governor in 2008. His ties to the company would go on to be scrutinized in 2014 while he was governor after one of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds spilled into the Dan River.

After losing to Democrat Bev Perdue in 2008, McCrory went to work at his brother’s Charlotte-based sales consulting firm. After McCrory became governor, Progress NC, a liberal group, filed a complaint alleging that he didn’t accurately disclose his position at the firm. The State Ethics Commission dismissed the complaint, which McCrory said vindicated him in the face of a “smear campaign.”

Also before running in 2012, McCrory worked as a consultant at the Moore & Van Allen law firm in Charlotte.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht

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