McCrory denies 12-year-old's request to discuss voting rights co - WRBL

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

McCrory denies 12-year-old's request to discuss voting rights concerns

Posted: Updated:
12-year-old Madison Kimrey hoped to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory to talk about the voter ID bill. (YouTube) 12-year-old Madison Kimrey hoped to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory to talk about the voter ID bill. (YouTube)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory refused to meet with a 12-year-old Burlington girl Thursday who hoped to bring her voting rights concerns to the governor.

Madison Kimrey created a YouTube video and gathered more than 11,000 signatures through a petition on MoveOn.org calling for an opportunity to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory.

"I don't want to debate or argue with you in anyway," Kimrey said in the video, in which she refers to herself as a "Moral Monday demonstrator."

"There's a time for party politics and this isn't one of those times. It's a time for two people to sit down and talk."

Thursday afternoon, she set up a table and chairs outside the state Capitol Building, and brought a chocolate pound cake for the occasion.

Asked for a reaction, the governor's communications director, Kim Genardo, said, "It's unfortunate the media is falling for liberal political stunts at the expense of good journalism."

Thursday morning, McCrory attended an NC CEO forum at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.

Kimrey's hope was to meet with McCrory to talk about the voter ID bill, specifically the part prohibiting 16- and 17-year-olds from pre-registering to vote, as well as the cookies he brought out to protesters concerned about the abortion bill.

"I have a lot of friends who are 16 and 17 or are about to be, and they were really excited about being able to pre-register to vote," she told WNCN. "I have a lot of friends who are really into politics as well. They started talking to me about it, and I was like, 'I don't like that. That's not cool.'"

Last month, McCrory delivered a tray of cookies to protesters dressed in 1960s apparel outside the Executive Mansion. Kimrey was among those protesters, who argued the Republican-led measures were taking women back decades.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that later that night, a McCrory staff member delivered slices of cake to Kimrey and her mother. McCrory did not know about the cake incident, his staff said.

"I was like, 'Thank you very much, but it would be nice if we could have some rights with that,'" Kimrey told reporters at the time. "I would rather sit down with [him] while we're eating cookies."

Kimrey said even though she can't vote yet, the fact that she lives in North Carolina should make her opinion matter.

"I can't vote and I don't have a million dollars. I'm not a well-funded group. I'm just a kid who was born in and lives in your state," Kimrey's petition reads.

On Aug. 12, McCrory signed House Bill 589 – commonly referred to as Voter ID bill – into law despite vehement protests from some, including state Attorney General Roy Cooper. The bill's highlights include the new requirements on a photo identification, which McCrory called "common sense."

RELATED STORIES

RELATED LINKS

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

    Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:51:50 GMT
    Kay Hagan's self-identification as a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class, among other groups, and responds effectively to constituent requests may sound trite coming from any politician's mouth seeking re-election.
    Kay Hagan's self-identification as a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class, among other groups, and responds effectively to constituent requests may sound trite coming from any politician's mouth seeking re-election.
  • Cooper asks NC court to intervene in rate increase

    Cooper asks NC court to intervene in rate increase

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-04-19 15:46:50 GMT
    Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking the N.C. Supreme Court to intervene once again on behalf of consumers in light of a decision to restore a rate increase sought by Duke Energy.
    Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking the N.C. Supreme Court to intervene once again on behalf of consumers in light of a decision to restore a rate increase sought by Duke Energy.
  • NC clergy write to Republican government leaders

    NC clergy write to Republican government leaders

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:37:10 GMT
    Several clergy members opposed to Republican policies approved in North Carolina are asking to meet with GOP state government leaders before the legislative session begin next month.
    Several clergy members opposed to Republican policies approved in North Carolina are asking to meet with GOP state government leaders before the legislative session begin next month.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.