Well this got a lot more interesting. And not in a way that’s good for the governor. Seems there was a bit more going on behind the scenes on with that bill that Gov. Pat McCrory on agricultural interests not needing to use E-Verify to check on the status of migrant farm workers. Yesterday, after the General Assembly overrode the veto, McCrory said that:
“In fact, some of the manufacturers in towns like a High Point worked hard for this bill because they, frankly, want to hire illegal immigrants as opposed to North Carolina workers.”
Unsurprisingly, as the Greensboro News & Record notes, many of the manufacturers in High Point were not amused. McCrory’s staff did not immediately correct or retract the statement. And, to put it bluntly, if McCrory felt the bill would aid furniture manufacturers in or near High Point in employing illegal aliens, he could have and should have made that specific point before the General Assembly voted to override his veto. Instead, his passive-aggressive approach will both damage his relationship with the legislature and hurt his public approval rating. This is a serious gaffe.