RALEIGH – According to conservative blogs with well placed sources, former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, heretofore unemployed after being the punching bag for House Bill 2 backlash, may be taking the helm at the Civitas Institute.
“The word on the street(s) — Blount and Jones, of course, among others — is that the former governor has caught the eye of Art Pope and his nephew John Hood. That dynamic duo, I hear, has visions of ol’ Pat filling the shoes soon to be vacated by one Francis DeLuca.”
It’s an open secret that McCrory is considering another bite at the apple in 2020, intimating recently in an interview that he’d make up his mind in 2018. Word on these streets is that close donors and 2012 funding circles are pushing him to run, while others close to him think it’s a fool’s errand.
A role at Civitas is not necessarily a sure fit for the Charlotte Republican who is more of a middle of the road pragmatist than firebrand conservative. Perhaps McCrory being the new face of the conservative think tank is indicative of their occasional wavering to the left.
Is this serious role for McCrory or is it a holding pattern and an ostensible credibility boost leading into 2020?
Time will tell. If so, between Forest, possibly Tillis, and McCrory 2.0 the Republican gubernatorial primary could feature three established names vying to take back the Governor’s Mansion. Civitas or not, only one of those names is really worthy of the Conservative label.