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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Robert W. (Bob) Scott, February 4, 1998. Interview C-0336-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

A cordial relationship between two Democrats with different philosophies

Scott explains that as he was from the somewhat more moderate wing of the Democratic Party, his relations with the more conservative Governor Dan K. Moore were cordial but not close.

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Oral History Interview with Robert W. (Bob) Scott, February 4, 1998. Interview C-0336-1. 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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JACK FLEER:
I know that in some subsequent situations, subsequent to your period of service, governors have asked lieutenant governors to take on various projects. Can you talk a little bit about your relationship with Governor Moore, who was in the position at the time that you were lieutenant governor?
ROBERT W. (BOB) SCOTT:
Our relationship was friendly, not close. We came from different political wings of the party. Dan Moore, as it turns out, most of his people supported Mel Broughton in the campaign in 1968 against me. And that was natural, that was the conservative wing of the party that Governor Moore came from, having defeated Richardson Pryer, who with most of the people that I was identified with came from the more moderate or liberal wing of the party. Our relationship was cordial. He didn't shut me out, but nor did he really include me in too much. I never felt uncomfortable or unwanted in that sense. But he didn't ask me—except occasionally his office would call and want to know, could I go attend some function because the governor couldn't be there, but they felt like somebody from the state at a high level ought to be there. And this was particularly true in occasions out of state, when he didn't feel like it was necessary for him to be there or his schedule wouldn't permit it, so he would ask me to go.