Governor-elect McCrory en McCrory Appoints Millionaire GOP Fundraiser Art Pope To Head Budget <p></p><p>At a press conference Thursday morning, Governor-elect Pat McCrory appointed millionaire, conservative activist Art Pope to be his deputy budget director--the governor's top aide on budget issues. Pope is an experienced legislator, but the appointment is likely to be a lightning rod.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:17:37 +0000 Ben Bradford 18070 at Governor-Elect McCrory Fills Three Key Positions <p>Governor-elect Pat McCrory announced Wednesday who his new chief of staff will be, as well as who will lead the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in his administration.</p><p>In a Raleigh press conference, Governor-elect McCrory laid out his priorities as he's filling key positions.</p><p>"One of my guidelines is everyone I get has to be smarter than me," McCrory said with a smile. "Now some would say that's not a high enough benchmark."</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:04:26 +0000 Michael Tomsic 17627 at Governor-Elect McCrory Fills Three Key Positions