Governor McCrory Comments On 12-Year-Old Madison Kimrey

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Madison Kimrey baked a cake for Gov. McCrory. Aug. 22, 2013.
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  • BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory talked to WFMY about Madison Kimrey, the Burlington girl who has been asking to sit down with him for months.

    In August, Madison Kimrey brought a cake she baked to McCrory in Raleigh. She said the idea stemmed from an earlier incident when McCrory passed out cookies to protesters outside the governor's mansion.

    Read: 12-Year-Old Denied Cake Date With Gov. McCrory

    In November, Madison told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that she is concerned about legislation McCrory signed eliminating the ability for 16 and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. She was still interested in sitting down and talking to the governor.

    Madison spoke at a Moral Monday event in October in her hometown of Burlington. Her speech had been viewed 875,498 times on YouTube.

    Watch: 12-Year-Old Takes On NC Governor Re. Voting Rights

    WFMY asked Governor McCrory about Madison's request to meet with him.

    McCrory told us a side to the story we haven't heard before.

    He said Madison's mother and Progress NC were coordinating an event right outside his gates. McCrory claims that Madison's mom, Mary Kimrey is a very strong activist with MoveOn.org. He said that Madison showed up at 10:30 p.m. saying she was hungry.

    "First of all, what's a 12-year-old doing at 10:30 at night outside the governor's gates? And we actually did try to help her and they made it into a political stunt by her mother," said Governor McCrory.

    McCrory did add that Madison is a very bright girl and he's impressed with her intelligence, but he's not going to participate in dialogue with Madison when there are other adult people who were maybe manipulating publicity stunts for other purposes.

    WFMY News 2

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