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Pat McCrory visits Charlotte as governor for first time


Pat McCrory returned to Charlotte for the first time since taking the oath as Governor of North Carolina. McCrory took part in an open house event at the Government Center on Wednesday afternoon. 

"It's surreal coming back to a place that I put a lot of energy, and passion and hard work into, and it's kind of like coming back to your college campus."

The Governor started the day in Raleigh for the state general assembly's opening session. He was slated to visit the House and the Senate as they hold a one-day organizational meeting to elect leaders and swear in the next edition of the General Assembly.
McCrory's visit is unusual.
Democratic predecessors Beverly Perdue and Mike Easley rarely visited the Legislative Building during the terms beyond giving the State of the State address, let alone attending opening day. 

The organizational gathering is new for the Legislature and designed in part to make lawmakers more efficient. The General Assembly will reconvene Jan. 30 to get to business.


One day before, Mecklenburg County Commissioners decided to take the state to court over the issue of health care funded, and the new governor said it is an issue that his administration inherited.

That's one of the problems that was thrown on my plate, unexpectedly when I entered office, but I've got to deal with it."

Governor McCrory was sworn into office on Saturday, and he's not hinting what will be in his speech.

 "I've probably been writing it for the last two weeks. In fact I wrote much of my speech on Christmas Day."

McCrory said it was the first time that he's been home in two weeks, and he was hoping to spend time with his dog before heading back to Raleigh.


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