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'Pungent odor' causes McCrory to remodel office restroom

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

North Carolina taxpayers spent about $19,000 to remodel a restroom in Gov. Pat McCrory's office at the State Capitol last summer following complaints about a bad smell. 

McCrory canceled plans last week to spend $230,000 in state funds to remodel six bathrooms in the historic Executive Mansion in Raleigh following public outcry. The Associated Press reported the work was to include more than $100,000 in new fixtures, marble and tile for McCrory's master bathroom. 

McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the old Capitol restroom required new paint, tile and repairs because of poor maintenance under the Republican governor's predecessor, a Democrat. 

"We spent $19,156 to replace broken tiles, flooring, and make extensive repairs to plumbing that were not fixed by the previous administration," Genardo said. "Additionally, a pungent odor seeped into the governor's office, which made it an embarrassment to host company CEOs and guests at the State Capitol." 

Genardo stressed that McCrory's administration chose the cheaper of two estimates for the work, electing to lay new tile over the old rather than rip out the walls. She provided no additional explanation for the odor. 

McCrory has faced sharp criticism for planning the pricey mansion remodeling while demanding belt-tightening for public schools and social programs.

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