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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Ferrel Guillory, December 11, 1973. Interview A-0123. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Holshouser aims to demonstrate GOP competence

Guillory speculates that Holshouser's aim as governor is to run the state capably enough to demonstrate that Republicans are able to govern without destroying government.

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Oral History Interview with Ferrel Guillory, December 11, 1973. Interview A-0123. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Do you see any significant change in the operation then of this administration over the next three years based on the last year? Do you see . . .
I would like to see something.
Do you see writing an agenda for the State?
No, no. He set up..not he set up but actually some of the others..
But is his objective to do that or his objective, which is based on his whole political history that has been basically one of party building. Is his objective to try and establish firm control of the political machinery of the state in the hands of the Republican Party and in the Republican Party fits his image of what he wants that party to be philosophically, which is a basically sort of moderate. . . sort of..
This what I think is . . . ask him. I think his objective is to go through four years without any major problems to show the people of the state that if you elect Republicans things are not going to fall apart, that government is going to provide you with some services, its going to do it as efficiency as it can, as well as it can, cut out waste, its going.. it's just going to be a business like, sound, stable, concern that if you elect Republicans you'll get people in there that you don't have to be nervous about, that you can rely on and keep their promises. Promises aren't going to be some grand visions, no great societies, just keep government rocking along. We are going to change things, we are going to change some employees around, we aren't going to pave road just because of the way you vote on your road. You are going to get a road if you deserve a road. He is fairly well carried through on that sort of thing. Spread services around, mental health over here, put some parks over here and all that kind of stuff. And what I see him doing is very methodical type, you know, build a little here, build a little there.