So far, we think Gov. Pat McCrory is two-for-three in his first decisions as the state’s new chief executive.
The new governor made the right move in holding his inauguration Jan. 5, rather than Jan. 12 during the traditional parade and inaugural activities held by the Junior League of Raleigh.
While the Junior League’s activities are a state tradition, the second Saturday in January, in this case Jan. 12, was just too late for a new governor to take office, particularly since the General Assembly reconvenes on Jan. 9. While breaking with tradition, the governor showed good sense in moving up the date he would officially take office.
He was wrong, as we’ve stated before, in his appalling lack of openness in that first official act of being sworn in, opting for a private ceremony accessible to the public via a single reporter and camera which all media outlets had to share.
We can’t imagine a governor so blatantly thumbing his nose at those who voted him into office, but McCrory apparently has no problem leaving voters out of government. We hope that is a one-time offense, rather than the start of a trend.
We do have to sing his praises for disbanding a commission set up by his predecessor, Bev Perdue, that was designed to vet potential candidates for state judgeships.
Perdue’s heart was in the right place, at least so far as her words indicate, when she formed the commission. The former governor said the commission would consider candidates and make recommendations to the governor. The commission was made up of people of varying political allegiances, and was designed, Perdue claimed, to take politics out of judgeship appointments.
Unfortunately, her actions showed a lack of commitment to this ideal, given that in her closing days of office Perdue tapped Cheri Beasley to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. In so doing, she bypassed her own commission and ignored her own executive order creating the commission.
Given that this committee clearly was one with no real power, McCrory made a common-sense decision to disband it and put court appointments back in the hands of the governor.