Political decisions aside, Gov. Pat McCrory has stubbed his toe more than once on social graces since taking office.
There was his decision to skip the Raleigh Junior League inaugural ball -- a longstanding fixture among the capital city’s movers and shakers.
Then, an awkward gesture of offering cookies to protesters outside the Executive Mansion a couple of months ago. And now, an about-face on whether the mansion needs $230,000 worth of bathroom repairs.
There’s little doubt that the historic building needs work.
And putting off the repairs can lead to leaks, mold and bigger problems down the road.
But even McCrory recognized the poor timing of last week’s work order.
Fresh from a legislative session that left the majority of North Carolina’s teachers without a raise -- again, and in an autumn in which many people are running out of unemployment benefits earlier than ever, the governor decided to delay the repairs.
The federal government shutdown and subsequent furloughs didn’t provide the best backdrop either.
We don’t begrudge the governor the need for Executive Mansion upkeep. Infrastructure maintenance was an admirable part of McCrory’s platform before he was elected.
But when the governor decides to take up the issue again, perhaps he can find some alternative funding to help with the project.
That would offer a glimpse of the kinds of challenges facing other North Carolinians strapped for cash, as well.