WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- State Rep. Dewey Hill is one of the leaders of a statewide coalition of Democratic leaders backing Republican Pat McCrory for governor, McCrory's campaign said today.
Hill, who is not seeking reelection after 20 years representing Columbus County and Brunswick County in the House, and Rep. James Crawford, a Democrat who represents Granville and Vance counties, are the statewide co-chairs for Democrats for McCrory.
"I believe that he could move us forward, and we certainly need some of that," Hill said.
Hill, who has represented Columbus and Brunswick counties for 20 years, is known for crossing party lines. He has joined Republicans in the House to overturn Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the last two state budgets.
"I'm a democrat, but I'm also a conservative, and I'm also a business person. I know at my company we've created jobs over the years, and I know what it takes to create jobs," Hill said.
That's why Hill, who is not seeking reelection to the House, says he supports McCrory and his policies.
Hill says he does not have a problem with Democratic candidate Walter Dalton.
"He's a great guy," Hill said, "and I've worked with the Lt. Governor when he served in the Senate and in our appropriations, and I think he's a great guy. I think that he'd do well, too. I just think McCrory would do better."
McCrory recently went to Scotland County to address unemployment in the region. Hill says stops like that are what helps clarify his choice to support the former Charlotte mayor's campaign and mission.
A spokesman for Dalton says the campaign knows about the bipartisan support for McCrory.
"There are a few sour grapes that are supporting McCrory," said Schorr Johnson, a spokesman for Democratic candidate Walter Dalton. "We'll take the support of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Michelle Obama."