Editorial: More cookies, bad hype by the elected

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

We could just imagine the governor, or perhaps the subordinate who might have helped pen the letter, hitching up his pants with a shift of the hips and smirking a grin.

That’ll show ’em, all right.

What the respected Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield showed was how to wallow in each other’s mud. And that wasn’t very respectable at all.

Price and Butterfield, along with plenty of others, are upset McCrory won’t push an earlier election to fill Rep. Mel Watt’s seat in the 12th Congressional District. Watt resigned Jan. 6 to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

McCrory called for the special election to run on election dates already within the 2014 calendar. The primary is May 6, primary runoffs July 15, and the general election Nov. 4.

Price and Butterfield found an open ear, or shall we say open microphone, in the media and let fly. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People joined them. Tuesday, McCrory in PR-style released his letter of explanation to Price and Butterfield.

McCrory is leaving 700,000 citizens without a voice in Congress on critical legislation such as the budget, immigration and possibly the Voting Rights Act, according to McCrory’s critics.

McCrory pleaded dollars and cents. The earliest special primary could not be scheduled before March 25, the second June 3, and the general election would have followed in late July or early August.

That’s six trips to the polls for voters in eight months. At a cost estimated at an extra $1 million and given participation rates, that’s a lot of dollars per vote for a gain of just more than three months and no guarantee a late July winner would even vote on those hot-topic items mentioned.

Both sides present legitimate cases. We believe the date in line with the general election will produce an election winner reflecting the choice of more voters, thus enabling the district to be best represented in the long run.

But all three politicians deserve a timeout in the corner. This was premeditated hype by Price and Butterfield, answered by a governor who has already given out one plate of cookies too many.

Spare us, guys. Try to keep our respect.