posted on February 18, 2014 09:13
North Carolina’s unemployment rate apparently went up by one person this weekend following an encounter between Governor McCrory and a cook at a Charlotte gourmet food store. The Charlotte Observer reports that the cook was fired after making a critical comment to the Governor.
The Observer said: “On Sunday afternoon, McCrory was shopping at Reid’s Fine Foods when Drew Swope, a 45-year-old cook, said he asked if he could help McCrory. After realizing he was speaking with the governor, whom he disagrees with politically, Swope said he told McCrory, ‘Thanks for nothing,’ and walked away. Swope said the governor was upset at his comment and began ‘yelling’ at him. He said McCrory said he was a customer and shouldn’t be treated that way. He said the governor and his security team complained to the food store owner, who then fired him.”
The Governor’s spokesman disputes that account, saying the cook “made an obscene gesture to the governor during the conversation” and that Swope has said “things about physically harming the governor as well.”
This isn’t good news for a Governor who already has a reputation for being thin-skinned. Getting store employees fired is not exactly the way to ingratiate yourself with the public. It smacks of Thomas E. Dewey suggesting that his campaign train engineer be shot at sunrise.