Dear Gov. McCrory, Why Won’t You Answer My Questions?

Dear Gov. McCrory,

You once said, 

“People are looking for leadership. They’re looking for problem-solvers. They’re looking for hard workers. They’re not looking for whiners.” – Gov. Pat McCrory, Feb., 2013 on MSNBC

This might be one of the better quotes that you as the current governor of North Carolina has ever spoken.

And I wish you would follow them now.

As a teacher, I should expect (and even encourage) my students to ask questions based on what we are learning and exploring. In fact, if I am one-half the teacher that many in Raleigh expect me to be, I should be willing to field any question from a student.

As a parent, I should expect my children to ask questions – even the uncomfortable questions like “Where do babies come from?”

Because I chose to be a teacher. I chose to be a parent. I chose to be available to answer questions. I chose to be accountable.

And you chose to be the governor. You chose to be the leader. You chose to be accountable.

When questions surrounding the election are plentiful and the need to clarify positions and actions concerning coal ash spills, education, HB2, Voter ID laws, Medicaid expansion, and unemployment abound, how are you answering them?

In a pseudo-town hall meeting in Wake forest, NC last night, you continued a habit that he has acquired since becoming the governor – avoiding direct questions.

As reported in “McCrory holds town hall in Wake Forest, some attendees upset at questions” you only answered questions that were already provided. Not a single person was allowed to ask a question from the audience.

Michael Hyland reports,

“During the event in Wake Forest Monday night, some people wanted to ask him about things like House Bill 2 and the coal ash issue, but did not get a chance.

Before the event, the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce said the governor would answer some questions submitted in advance.

But, some attendees left feeling like they were ignored.

…But, more controversial things like House Bill 2 never came up and there was no immediate opportunity for anyone in the audience to ask.

…Amy Brown wanted to ask about coal ash.

She lives south of Charlotte near a Duke Energy plant and has been living on bottled water for 18 months.

“I need a governor who will run to the problem and not away from it,” said Brown, who lives in Belmont.”

And of course, the you did not take any questions from reporters afterwards.

Real leaders do not avoid questions; they encourage them.

Real problem-solvers do not ignore those who are affected by the problems; they listen to them.

Real hard workers do not run away from the tough jobs; they accept the reality of the situation and confront what needs to be addressed.

But whiners do complain and blame other people. They say things like:

“It was the political left that made North Carolina the epicenter of this battle, and it was clearly for political purposes, and it was also a great way for them to raise money.”

“It was the mayor of this city, with the support of Roy Cooper and now the president of the United States, who’s bringing a very radical idea – redefining gender – and putting a new mandate at the federal level on all businesses and all universities and our schools regarding letting boys use the girls’ bathroom and shower facilities.” 

Real leaders lead by example and by fielding the toughest of questions even if the environment seems hostile. The North Carolinians who do not agree with your policies and plan on voting democrat still have questions that deserve your attention and your answers.

Problem-solvers look at difficult situations in the eye, but it seems that you turn and walk the other way.

Hard-workers do not have time for blaming others.

But whiners do what you do. They complain that others are responsible for their aches and pains.