Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign, will attend a Women for Obama reception today in Charlotte.
Jarrett, a longtime friend of Barack and Michelle Obama, will appear at the Elder Art Gallery, 1427 South Blvd., at 2 p.m.
“With one month until the election, this is a great opportunity for our supporters to hear from one of Sen. Obama's closest advisers on the campaign,” said Marc Farinella, director of Obama's N.C. campaign. “Women in North Carolina will play a critical role in this election, and Valerie Jarrett will discuss how Barack Obama will be an advocate for women in the White House.” Jim Morrill
McCrory vows openness in office if elected governor
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Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory promised that if elected governor he'd provide weekly or near-weekly press conferences, detailed copies of his schedule and access to his e-mail and would prohibit his staff from destroying their e-mails.
Speaking to the editorial board of The News & Observer of Raleigh, the Republican gubernatorial candidate pledged much the same kind of openness that he said he has practiced as mayor.
“I return your phone calls,” he said to a group of reporters and editors. “To me that's customer service.”
McCrory, who's running against Democratic Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, contrasted his promises with Gov. Mike Easley, a Democrat, who infrequently appears in public and often spends long weekends at his Southport home. Easley's public schedules include minimal information, and the N&O, the Observer and a group of other news organizations have sued his administration for “systematic deletion, destruction or concealment of e-mail messages sent from or received by the governor's office.”
McCrory promised regular Q&A sessions with reporters and to make his e-mail available, with the exception of information that would reveal confidential information in an economic development project.
“I do that as mayor,” he said, referring to the Observer's practice of regularly reviewing his e-mail. (Raleigh) News & Observer