HOT BLAST: Employee loses job after confrontation with politician
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Gov. Pat McCrory discusses last week's harsh winter weather at the state Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday. (AP Photo/News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)
Gov. Pat McCrory discusses last week's harsh winter weather at the state Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday. (AP Photo/News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)
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Here's a tip for all politicians: Never punch down. In other words, when dealing with the average Joe or Jane don't throw your weight around, or even appear to throw your weight around.

So, enter Pat McCrory, North Carolina's governor who finds himself in an unwinnable position. The Raleigh News & Observer has the story:

An employee at a Myers Park gourmet food store was fired after Gov. Pat McCrory’s security detail complained Sunday about a comment the worker made to the governor.

On Sunday afternoon, McCrory was shopping at Reid’s Fine Foods when Drew Swope, a 45-year-old cook, said he asked if he could help McCrory.

After realizing he was speaking with the governor, whom he disagrees with politically, Swope said he told McCrory, “Thanks for nothing,” and walked away.

Swope said the governor was upset at his comment and began “yelling” at him. He said McCrory said he was a customer and shouldn’t be treated that way.

He said the governor and his security team complained to the food store owner, who then fired him.



Here's the response from the governor:

The governor’s office initially declined to comment on the story. On Monday night, McCrory’s communications director Joshua Ellis told the Observer that Swope had also made an obscene gesture to the governor during the conversation.

Swope denied that earlier Monday. “I wasn’t raised that way,” he said.

Ellis also said McCrory didn’t yell at Swope or ask or suggest that he be fired.



Regardless, it looks like a powerful politician picking on a working man. Let's face it, one Chris Christie is enough:


 

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