METLIFE: Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday that he played little role in a deal to attract insurance giant MetLife to North Carolina in exchange for more than $90 million in state incentives.
"My first direct involvement with the company was a day or two before the announcement where I called the CEO...we had a probably 10-to-15 minute conversation," McCrory said.
While he was running for governor, McCrory worked for the law firm Moore and Van Allen, a company hired by MetLife to negotiate the incentive package. Last week, McCrory dodged questions about whether he knew about the pending deal when he worked in client development for the firm. Asked the same question Monday, he said, "No, not all – was not aware of it."
It's not clear when MetLife hired Moore & Van Allen, but the company began discussing a move to North Carolina about nine months ago – while McCrory was still employed by the law firm.
"My commerce secretary led that recruitment effort," the governor said Monday.