After the event ended, voters frustrated that Governor McCrory ignored their questions addressed the media. Some of them, including coal ash neighbors Amy Brown of Gaston County and Deborah Graham of Rowan County, traveled five hours round trip only to have their questions and concerns totally ignored.
“I’m very disappointed tonight. I drove over 300 miles in the hopes that Governor McCrory would answer some of my questions. Why must I continue to chase my governor all over this state?” asked Amy Brown, a resident of Belmont, NC. “I need a governor that doesn’t require chasing after.”
Also in attendance was Wake County public school teacher Kristin Beller, who wanted to ask McCrory about funding for TAs and textbooks. “I'm a teacher and I can tell you that our public schools are not feeling a 'Carolina Comeback',” said Kristin Beller. “If this is a 'Carolina Comeback,' when are the classroom supplies coming back? When are the textbooks coming back for our students? When are 3,000 teaching assistants coming back?”
“Not one of the dozens of questions submitted in advance by voters in North Carolina was addressed by Governor McCrory tonight. If you’re going to have a town hall event, you should expect to hear from voters.” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “Instead Governor McCrory had no interest in answering questions from real voters. That’s not the kind of leader our state needs.