Our View: Time for a transition
On Thursday, North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory was in Raleigh to meet with current Gov. Bev Perdue and to unveil his transition team leading to a January 2013 inauguration.
McCrory has gathered an impressive list of individuals to guide him into state government.
Two former governors, a former lieutenant governor, a former U.S. ambassador to Estonia, former Speaker of the House in North Carolina and many others.
"What I've attempted to do on my steering committee is get a diverse group of people with ideas and individuals with varying policy philosophies," McCrory told the Associated Press in Raleigh.
Perhaps getting that diverse group of individuals is exactly what is needed as the state makes this transition.
McCrory will face a number of challenges when he officially takes office in January 2013.
Those challenges range from required federal budget spending cuts that will affect North Carolina's military installations to funding for education, jobs and economic development.
The task will certainly not be an easy one.
But, we don't feel that should be parlayed into a reason why an effort isn't made to address those issues.
We applaud Perdue and McCrory for coming together "to make sure we protect those jobs right here in North Carolina," McCrory said, referencing military jobs.
But, it will have to go well beyond rhetoric and just talk.
The people of North Carolina expect action.
The people of North Carolina deserve action.
What they don't deserve is bickering, feuding and partisan politics that can drowned out progress and the move forward that we are all hoping for.
While McCrory and his team will attempt to climb the mountain of "complex problems" he already knows he will be facing, the people of North Carolina will certainly be watching to see how it unfolds.
During his news conference in Raleigh Thursday, McCrory was asked about spending the additional $330,000 of state funds for the transition and inaugural expenses. McCrory said that he did not want to spend the additional funds, but was also quick to point out that he was "new to state government."
Well, McCrory has assembled a team of advisers for the transition that have plenty of that state government experience.
We hope that he learns from that and acts appropriately on behalf of the citizens of North Carolina.
That is the transition we are all expecting.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark