Monday, October 07, 2013

Birthday party boos for Pat McCrory

Bill Diehl doesn't go small. For his 69th birthday party, the Charlotte attorney rented out The Fillmore at the N.C. Music Factory, hired rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and invited around 400 of his closest friends. Among them: Gov. Pat McCrory.

When the band took a break, Diehl grabbed a mic and introduced McCrory, who was greeted with a loud smattering of boos.

It wasn't the first time the former Charlotte mayor -- elected and re-elected seven times -- has heard boo birds in his hometown. In Charlotte, at least, the popular mayor has been a less popular governor.

This summer he appeared at a concert at the Bechtler Museum. When he was formally  introduced, many in the audience booed.

Some thought Friday's birthday booing was rude.

"I thought it was in poor taste, but it happened," said attorney Ed Hinson. "I sure heard it."


Anonymous said...

Was McCrony really expecting cheers? Really?

Anonymous said...

The observer felt this was newsworthy? How petty

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that the flag in the background of McCrory's photo isn't Confederate.

Anonymous said...

Down with the "traitor" McCrory and Governor Pope. Both are a disgrace to the state of North Carolina. We are just waiting until the next BIG election so we can send them ALL (Rucho, Samuelson, Berger, Tillis, etc.). All are a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Really. The quality of journalism in this paper is getting lower. I really dont' care about a party and what some ignorant people did.

CharlotteObserver said...

Next time hold a copy of the Charlotte Observer up at these events and watch.

Please make sure no children are in the room.

Anonymous said...

I'm please somebody is as mad at the Repubs as me. Thought I was the only white male not happy with all this crap.

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Anonymous said...

No class libs no doubt. Proper people with manners do not boo people when introduced. I like McCrory and all that he has done for our state so far. If you don't, you can always move back up North which is where I suspect most of you libs came from.

CharlotteObserver said...

Maybe this is a trend?

Anonymous said...

So, 7:35...

Were you similarly offended when Democrat Bev Persue was booed in the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill?

Were you similarly offended when Republican Rep. Joe Wilson shouted out "You lie!" during Democratic President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress in 2009?

Or did you laugh, chortle, clap your hands together in glee?

FTR, booing is as old as humanity. It's usually rude. That does not make it incorrect.

Unless you're a smarmy hypocrite.

Then it's just simply not done.

Oh, one other thing: I am a Charlotte native and so were my parents. I belong wherever I want and that's right here in Charlotte.

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McCrory is a joke and the punchline at the same time. What a pitiful excuse for a governor.

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Anonymous said...

If you're a politician today, you are either loved or hated and there aint much inbetwixt

Charlotte Observer said...

This is a test for comment moderation for Jim Morrill.

Anonymous said...

WOW ... and people complain about the cost of an education.Some of these comments prove that ignorance is even more costly.

bobcat99 said...

Booing the governor is probably rude. That said, he has sold out his city to please the baggers in Raleigh. He would be furious at the last session of the GA if he was still mayor of Charlotte. I hope he gets the message, but I somehow doubt Mr. Pope will let him change his mind on the issues.

Anonymous said...

It is a shame that there are those that will post trashy negative remarks about our Governor of the Great State of North Carolina. Posting such disgrace should require actual names opposed to Anonymous.

Governor McCroy and his administration will make us all proud by then end of their term(s).

Governor McCroy was fantastic as Mayor of Charlotte, and will rise above the negative criticism as Governor.

Hawaiian Bon said...

It could have been worse. They could have invited Ron Rivera.

Anonymous said...

I was there.

I booed.

I had voted for McCrory before he lost what backbone he had and turned into a tool. He has helped make our state the butt of jokes and cartoons, and he has demonstrated that he has no principles of his own.

He was introduced because he is a politician, and he needs to be made to feel uncomfortable when he is outside of his coccoon. I would boo him in front of his mother. He needs to hear a negative reception whenever possible.

Anonymous said...

My suspicion is that he should probably get used to that and worse. He's due to speak in Republican heartland today (NC Mountains) and lately, even his ardent supporters here are beginning to dislike the man. Along with their "representatives (Meadows and Hise) as well. They aren't feeling much love up here either.

Anonymous said...

Here's why McCrory should be booed:

1) His so-called moderation flew straight out the window once he arrived in Raleigh.

2) He's the G'nral Dissembly's poodle. They neither respect, fear nor love him.

3) He's a political eunuch.

4) He appointed Dr. Whoosh! to destroy, er, run DHHS and even Republicans are over that debacle.

But the most important reason he should be booed loud and long is this:



Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Add this to the list.

5. Lied about Medicaid Audit

6. Left us with the deadweight of
the NASCAR museum ...against our

Veda Roberts said...

When are people going to realize that the governor is in over his head. . . . .

Anonymous said...

We should go easy on Pat McCrory
he can't really be blamed.

His opinions and ideas are being given to him by his puppet masters.
He is just the good looking empty suit.

David P. McKnight said...

Just Remember the Rog

Roger Maris experienced a less-than-enthusiastic reception in New York during his 61-homer season in 1961 which at the time set a new season's home run mark surpassing the legendary Babe Ruth's previous record of 60.

Many Yankees fans would have preferred that the popular Mickey Mantle be the player to break Babe's record in '61. But Mantle was injured late in the season and Maris just went about his job being a power-hitting, good-fielding outfielder for the team.

Since former Gov. Jim Martin established a new residence in Iredell County in time for the campaign of 1984, it is Pat McCrory who finally broke "the Charlotte jinx" by winning a major statewide office such as the governorship or the U.S. Senate while being an official resident of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

No matter how Charlotteans voted in the elections of 2008 and 2012, they ought to tip their hats to McCrory and wish him all good success for his term of office in Raleigh. There is ample opportunity for people to express their views on policy initiatives of the McCrory administration.

And especially at personal celebration occasions such as Counselor Diehl's birthday party, there should be expressions of good will to all rather than brickbats from a few.

I had the highest opinion of the social and political ethics of my hometown when I left in 1991, but rude displays such as this have tempered my previous exuberance into a more cautious moderation.

Anonymous said...

Get real McKnight. You know good and well this is nowhere near the same town it was even 10 yrs with the influx of satanic liberals.

This used to be the City of Churches and now these evil homosexuals even rant on Rev Billy Graham and look at the homosexual articles they spit out now.

Maris broke Ruths record of 60 without the help of steroids rampant in all pro sports today even golf. Thats why going liberal is so deadly as we see in DC with that useless down low socialist bum.

Your last sentence is gibberish or ignorance unless you live in a haze. Liberalism pc is a sick addiction like heroin.

Billy Graham is 100% right about Obama and todays society headed for hell over halfway there.

Anonymous said...

McKnights "curse" comment is bogus and apparently 20 years behind the liberal times.

In a 100 yr span a governor has 25 terms of 4 ys each and senator has 16 with 6 yrs each. There are 100 counties.

Most governors serve 2 terms so you have only maybe 12-15 times to win in 100 yrs. Senators serve up to 30 yrs so you are down to only a handful.

But realistically this "curse" mentality only goes back 50 yrs about.

In 50 yrs there are now 2 governors from Mecklenburg so thats not bad especially considering the violent socialist scumbag evil faggot liberals are ripping McCrory to shreds since day one with lies and protests and being arresting by the 1000s in Raleigh hating on Patrick.

Liberals take care of their own so maybe McKnight in his dire ignorance will see Obama's new down low Foxx win something.

McKnight must be acting dumb or too ignorant to understand Mark Harris should win 2014 unless Obama Holder and his violent pc protesters in DC get 50 million mexicans legalized and get rid of the NC and Texas photo ID to commit more voter fraud since thats now lib scum play the game.

But then again of you want to really win you better move outside the county.

This place is fast becoming or has become the new improved revised sodomite mecca for fags minorities and illegals.

Rev Graham dosent have a prayer anymore here.

David P. McKnight said...

See, these last two ugly comments make my case. Before online news posts, comments like these would never have been published in the print Observer. I can't believe people would hurl insults at me for simply expressing support for our Governor, Pat McCrory.

I ran some upbeat campaigns as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in years gone by, but as a native Charlottean, I am proud to see someone who has worked in the Charlotte business community and served many terms as mayor succeed to the governorship of the Old North State.

As for "ending the streak," it is true that Charlotte has a lot of fine and well-qualified candidates from both parties to seek statewide office since the 1970s, including Luther Hodges Jr., Eddie Knox, Sue Myrick, Harvey Gantt and Richard Vinroot. Of course, former Congresswoman Myrick's son is now the lieutenant governor of N.C.

Pat McCrory ran a good campaign for governor in 2008 and came back again to win in 2012, so I think that is a solid achievement. He has impressed people across the state with his optimistic, pro-jobs outlook and policies in Raleigh, so I for one wish him the very best.

I think The Observer should not permit readers to post anonymous insults and personal slights against people who identify themselves in their own comments. People should identify themselves if they wish to make character attacks on others, but better yet, they should refrain from such personal attacks. That is really ugly and is part of the reason I am glad that we have had this sort of rude comments or "letters to the editor" when I was still living in Charlotte.

This lack of tolerance of the views of others is hardly fitting in the city where Dr. Billy Graham was born and raised. Here's hoping Franklin Graham will preach about the Golden Rule every now and then.

Pat McCrory was always respectful of his opponents in his campaigns for governor, which is why he gained a lot of new supporters between 2008 and 2012. He's in the same league with Cameron Morrison and could very well win another four-year term in 2016.