Editorial: Our state needs his success

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 06:39 PM

His State of the State address in the rearview mirror, and with more than six weeks clocked on the job, Gov. Pat McCrory is quickly losing his rookie status.

He’s signed bills, ticked off a few people and talked above the details more than once.

We won’t argue he’s in full stride.

Like his unpopular predecessor, McCrory has little money, high unemployment and a $2.5 billion debt owed to the federal government. His time frame for eliminating that albatross of debt is already being criticized.

McCrory is playing a different card from the education deck than Perdue. He’s also reiterated campaign pledges to lower corporate and personal income taxes.

North Carolinians and Americans grouse in unison when politicians of both sides dig in deep. McCrory is trying to speak and paint himself as middle, despite critics and allies wanting to align him a little differently. The jury is still out.

Despite poor choices of words on occasion, we’re more encouraged than not by McCrory’s tones. Not surprisingly, he did side with Republicans on hot-button issues already — multi-billion dollar debt tied to unemployment, expansion of Medicaid and a state-run health exchange.

When the governor tells us, “Borrowing from Washington with no idea or plan on how to pay for it ends with this administration right now,” we hope fiscal responsibility has gained a parking spot on Jones Street. We believe that responsibility will improve our state sooner rather than later.

When he tells us, “We must solve our serious problems now to prevent pain for future generations,” we can smile rather than cry when looking at our grandchildren. The bumblers of the beltway have already saddled them with enough debt.

And when the former Charlotte mayor said, “None of this can be about politics, power, legacy, turf or who gets the credit,” we are led to believe that ideas from Democrats as well as his GOP brethren are going to become reality. For if not, he’s done no more than lie and play games of politics and power.

Accepting he’ll fluster both parties will increase points with critics and allies. Sometimes it will be us.

The brief honeymoon period is over. We’re all keeping score now. Whether McCrory wins or loses isn’t the issue; it’s about North Carolina people.