McCrory Draws Primary Challenge


Wednesday December 9, 2015

Contact:  Ford Porter

McCrory Draws Primary Challenge

Former Rep. Robert Brawley cites McCrory tolls, lack of transparency, and culture of pay-to-play as motivation to run

Raleigh, NC – Facing multiple federal investigations and weak poll numbers, Governor Pat McCrory drew a primary challenger today. Former 8-term GOP state Representative Robert Brawley filed his candidacy in Raleigh for the Republican nomination for governor.

In his announcement, Brawley cited Governor McCrory’s controversial plan for 50-year tolls on I-77, the governor’s lack of commitment to public schools, and a lack of transparency within the McCrory administration. Brawley has also alluded to the multiple on-going corruption investigations into pay-to-play at the McCrory administration, saying “The image I’m getting is Republicans don’t listen, Republicans do too many things that are pay-to-play.”
“It’s no secret that Governor McCrory is in real trouble. Middle class families don’t think Pat McCrory has fought for them. Now, even a long-term member of Republican leadership is challenging the governor over his plan for 50-year highway tolls, raising middle class taxes and putting donors and special interests first. Governor McCrory has to be happy to have this year behind him as his campaign limps into 2016,” said NCDP Spokesman Ford Porter.

Brawley’s challenge caps a rough year for Governor McCrory. In addition to separate FBI, US Attorney, and SBI investigations involving no-bid contracts, campaign donors, and expectations of quid pro quo, polls have shown McCrory’s approval to be under water with voters for 28 straight months. And in July, McCrory reported that he had been outraised by nearly $800,000 for the first half of the year.

The governor’s race is already expected to be among the nation’s most competitive, making any primary challenge to a weak incumbent an even bigger hurdle.