NC governor struggles to win credit for economic comeback
By Emery P. Dalesio
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Burdened by worries and resting on a bench at the North Carolina State Fair, Richard Blackmon described his impending layoff from a job assembling heavy construction equipment at a time when his state’s economy is supposedly recovering.
“The economy is not coming back, said Blackmon, 52, as nearby vendors sold old-timey items like scrimshaw jewelry and rag dolls. “We’re not selling the product that I build and they’re telling (us) that they’re going to have to start laying off.”
How the economy feels to Blackmon helps explain why many middle-class voters haven’t embraced a centerpiece of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign. Since his first year in office, the governor has repeatedly said he’s helped spark an economic recovery in North Carolina.