by: Jim Bradley Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gov
.-elect Pat McCrory says he'll soon name members of his Cabinet and top aides who will advise him when he takes office.
"My main focus is on my main
Cabinet positions, and I'm going to start that interview process next week," McCrory said.
Political experts say the people McCrory chooses for his top positions will send a clear signal about whether he'll pursue bipartisan help in office
, as promised during his campaign. Dr. Michael Bitzer told Eyewitness News McCrory "is either appealing to the base of the Republican Party by appointing some very staunch conservatives or is truly living up to the message that he's been pronouncing of bipartisanship."
McCrory's selection of members of his Transition Team have left some wondering who will have his ear.
The transition team includes both Art Pope, a staunch conservative who has bankrolled many conservative causes, and
John Lassiter, a former Charlotte city councilman many consider a moderate.
McCrory insists he wants to surround himself with the smartest and best people available to serve the state regardless of whether they're Republicans or Democrats.
McCrory says he'll have his key positions filled before he takes the oath of office to become
governor on Jan . 5.