Former Governor Pat McCrory’s budget director Andrew Heath landed a job as a judge during the final days of McCrory’s administration after the legislature used the December 2016 special session to add several Superior and District Court judge seats, so McCrory could appoint a few judges on his way out of office.
Heath is challenging incumbent judge John Arrowood for his seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals, the state’s second highest court. Arrowood was appointed to his seat in 2017 after Judge Doug McCullough resigned to foil Republicans’ court packing plan. Arrowood also served on the court from 2007 to 2008. Meanwhile, Heath’s primary credentials include three jobs given to him by Former Governor McCrory, creating major questions about his ability to be an independent and fair judge.
Heath has a record of siding with business over people. He was chair of the Industrial Commission, his first (of three) McCrory appointments, and served on the board of a Koch-funded “workers’ education” nonprofit. Heath’s record on the Commission fundamentally altered its ability to protect North Carolina workers and decide workers’ compensation disputes; he stacked the deck against workers every time.
Heath’s three most recent jobs were appointments by McCrory, calling into question his independence as a judge. His inexperience showed in his role as McCrory’s budget director. Heath’s budget left teachers behind, saying it showed restraint for not “showering money” on teachers to “gain political points.” He also downplayed the significant economic impacts of discriminatory HB2.
Heath will be a close ally for Republicans on the court, placing partisanship ahead of the needs of some of the most vulnerable North Carolinians. He turned to Twitter just days after the election he took to Twitter, using questionable math to imply voter fraud should invalidate Roy Cooper’s defeat of McCrory. His willingness to use questionable data to defend his boss and political patron shows who he’ll stand up for on the state’s second highest court.
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Pat McCrory is still coping with his loss last year to Roy Cooper. He recently told WRAL that it has been a “tough transition to leave a job he loved.”
In less than a year, the voters of North Carolina rejected him, academia rejected him, and the Trump administration rejected him.
Even the Trump family wedding planner got a job overseeing “billions of federal dollars as the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s New York and New Jersey office.” That has got to hurt.
What’s worse is his successor has been busy as a member of Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, working to solve a crisis with an administration McCrory has been so eager to join.
With his employment prospects bleak, McCrory has now decided to torment all of us with a Carolina Comeback that no one asked for, saying "I'd be foolish not to reconsider coming back.”
Former Governor Pat McCrory sadly politicized Hurricane Matthew relief efforts at an appearance at the NCGOP Convention on Saturday.
"Right now my biggest fear is for the Hurricane Matthew victims because I made a commitment to them and I called a special session to get them the money needed to help them recover and get them shelter. I want to encourage our governor to start doing just that and quit blaming the President. The issue’s not money, the issue is action. I promised them action and sometimes it takes a Governor to do it correctly.” - Pat McCrory
McCrory should listen to Republican politicians that still actually hold office, like Republican Sen. Richard Burr who said,” “Hurricane recovery has always been and should continue to be above partisan finger pointing.”
Burr, along with Sen. Thom Tillis and others, have been working with Gov. Cooper in a bipartisan effort to secure hurricane relief funding. Back in May it was announced that North Carolina would only receive $6.1 million of the $929 million requested for hurricane relief.
McCrory should give up his lost campaign and join the Democrats AND Republicans that are trying to get Washington, DC to finally work for North Carolina’s hurricane victims.
GOP circles have been buzzing for weeks with speculation about who might run for Governor in 2020. The leading names so far have been Dan Forest and Thom Tillis. Others think Phil Berger is interested in the job. But in the last month, former governor Pat McCrory is making waves.
Conservative bloggers have noticed the former governor's increased social media presence.
Last week while making an appearance at a pro-am golf tournament in Wilmington, McCrory teased that he’ll take a larger public role soon. “I’m going to have some input in the near future about what’s working and what’s not working,” he told WWAY.
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