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Gov. McCrory marks 100 days in office

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Gov. Pat McCrory marked 100 days in office Monday.

His public schedule only had one appearance, which was closed to the press. He also declined to speak about the milestone when approached by a reporter outside his office.

But political observers did provide insight into his tenure so far.

"He's learning the legislature. I think that's one of the biggest challenges he's got--learning the relationship between the Governor's office and the General Assembly," said political analyst David McLennan.

As for PR blunders, there were some early ones, said McLennan, such as giving his cabinet hefty raises while other state workers complained they were doing without the same increase.

There was also controversy over some of his cabinet appointments.

As for his management style, observers say he isn't afraid to let the experts do the talking.

"I think he relies a lot on his department heads and cabinet to do a lot of the details. He is more a broad, visionary thinker," said McLennan. 

The first GOP governor in North Carolina in 20 years spent his first weeks in office doing what most new executives who transfer to a new city do - move into a new home, hire key staff, put out administrative fires and make a couple big decisions.
   
His state budget plan and privatization proposals for managing Medicaid and recruiting companies to North Carolina represent his administration's first major policy forays that legislators will consider.
    
"We're working with a sense of urgency to fix immediate problems and implement long-term reforms," McCrory said in an interview with The Associated Press before his 100th day in office Monday.
    
He said he was focusing on improving education, government efficiency and the economy.
    
"I'm trying not to get distracted by peripheral issues ... because I'm trying stay focused on what people elected me to do," he said.
    
McCrory had no experience as a state official, instead getting his political experience as a Charlotte city council member and later mayor for 14 years. He persuaded enough state voters it would help him think outside the box or avoid partisan rancor.
    
So far, a significant chunk of the public remains satisfied. An Elon University poll showed 46 percent of residents surveyed last week approved of McCrory's job performance and 25 percent disapproved. Another 27 percent didn't have an opinion.
    

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