Democrats should hold their fire here. Especially since a McCrory vs. media fight is brewing. Don’t get in the way.
The North Carolina Press Association objects to the one-camera, one-reporter pool for the new governor’s swearing-in Saturday.
“McCrory campaigned on openness and transparency. Granted, there’ll be no major deals brokered during the ceremony, but the state’s highest elected office should be treated special. Public ceremonies are preferred and, whether directly or indirectly, a message is being sent to constituents of ‘behind closed doors’ activity….
“If we are to believe McCrory is going to be open and transparent, he should give us reason to believe it from Day One.”
Go back to 1993 and the early days of the Clinton administration. Team Clinton abruptly cut off the press’ access to the West Wing press office. Once that milk got sour, it never got better. The media’s mistrust of Clinton – and the resulting tough scrutiny – played no small part in his impeachment. (Of course, that’s all forgotten today.)
An administration that picks a fight with the media on Day One is asking for trouble.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with McCrory being sworn in on January 5, a week before the ceremony, parade and ball. Apparently, the all-powerful Junior League picked the January 12 date. That’s too late. Typically, Governors are sworn in the first Saturday after New Year’s Day.
As I recall, that was the case with Governor Hunt’s four oath-takings. Of course, he was succeeding himself two of those times, so it didn’t make any difference.