7:21 p.m. Hello and Welcome to the Wake County Republican Party’s Precinct meeting. We are at Dorton Arena this evening in West Raleigh, at the state fairgrounds. This is the first time that the Wake County party has help the precinct meetings all in one place and the strategy has worked out beautifully. KCC commends county chairman Susan Bryant and her entire team.
7:25 pm Susan Bryant has welcomed Pat McCrory, Republican candidate for Governor to the stage. He is standing alongside Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.
It’s like a pep rally in here. Don’t Get Fooled Again, by The Who is playing loudly and people are dancing in the aisles and clapping along.
7:36 p.m. McCrory said “we’ve already accomplished half the battle in scaring Gov Beverly Perdue out of the race. But that’s only half the battle.”
“We won’t get fooled again, as we will get rid of the (former NC Governor) Mike Easley culture of corruption”, Pat McCrory added.
McCrory says that Democrats want to “raise the taxes at the worst time…when new graduates of our colleges cannot find jobs and are having to move back home with mom and dad….instead we need to grow our economy and a pro-growth policy,” he opined.
“We are gonna make sure that every bill that Beverly Perdue vetoed will pass, especially photo voter ID…we have to have a photo ID to get into the Governor’s mansion. We have to have an idea to buy Sudafed. We need an ID to vote, too”.
Second, McCrory will join the lawsuit of the states against Obamacare.
Third, McCrory will change the policy against offshore drilling. ”We will search for oil and natural gas, both onshore and off.”
7:33 p.m. Education is “very near and dear” to his heart. He wants to change the way we help our children. McCrory said he got his teaching degree at Catawba College in 1978 and he wants to contine teaching, this time the entire state.
McCrory does not believe that every child needs to go to a 4-year college or university. He believes in “two equal paths to success”. He believes also in a vocational path, where a child can learn to use their hands as a skill so they can innovate.
“The liberal elite tries to force us into only one path, but we need a system of productivity.” Otherwise “people end up on welfare or in prison.”
We need to emphasize more in technology. We need to engage these learning tools to help kids with basic skills, he added.
7:40 p.m. The Culture of Government in North Carolina
McCrory noted that little has changed at the NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) since he got his first driver’s license in Jamestown, in 1973.
“We need to change this thinking. We need to change this culture as we have some great state employees right here in Wake County”.
7:43 p.m. The State
“No state is as great as ours”, said Pat McCrory. ”We have fertile soil and lots of industries. We need less government interference and allow these businesses and industries so they can expand. Government regulations are also hurting our manufacturing and agriculture sectors.”
“With our great work ethic and our great universities, there is no reason why this state should not lead the nation out of the recession.”
“We must get out and do the hard work. We have to LEGALLY register people and then take them to the polls on election day. The other side is doing it. We don’t want to be outworked.”
He then concluded his speech to the tune of “Won’t get fooled again” by The Who.
8:04 p.m Chairman Susan Bryant is talking with the audience about the procedures about the county, district, state, and national conventions this year.
Chairman Bryant has announced that Wake County has more registered Republicans than our friends in Mecklenburg County. The audience went crazy. It doesn’t matter to this blogger. KCC just wants everyone taking five people to the polls on election day.
8:08 p.m. Chairman Bryant announced that over 1300 people PRE-registered to come tonight and many more registered at the door. She asked the groups to break into House Districts and find our precinct.
9:00 p.m. After signing up for the Wake County convention and paying the fee, this blogger’s precinct business has concluded. It was great seeing so many friends and candidates. Thank you to the entire Wake GOP team, and to everyone who came out tonight.
This concludes our live blogging session, this evening.