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Mayor lends a hand to fired grocery worker

The Democratic Mayor of Charlotte is helping out the grocery store cook who lost his job after criticizing Republican Governor Pat McCrory.
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on Feb. 6, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C.
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on Feb. 6, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C.

The grocery story worker who lost his job after provoking the ire of Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory won't be unemployed for long if the Mayor of Charlotte has anything to do with it.

Drew Swope lost his job as a cook at Reid's Fine Foods in Charlotte after a heated exchange with McCrory Sunday afternoon. Swope, who is openly gay, says he told McCrory, "Thanks for nothing" and walked away after asking the Governor if he needed help. Swope also told TPM he thought McCrory was "hating on me for being a fag."

Representatives for McCrory say Swope made an obscene gesture at McCrory, which Swope denied to Talking Points Memo.

According to a Facebook post by Swope Tuesday afternoon, Charlotte mayor Pat Cannon, a Democrat, offered to help Swope find a new position.

"The mayor of Charlotte, Pat Cannon, just called me and asked me to send him my resume and he'll see if he can help me find a position," Swope wrote. Swope had already received some job offers before Cannon offered his help.

Speaking to the Charlotte Observer, Cannon said that helping Swope is simply the right thing to do. “To lose a job is nothing that someone wants to do,” he said. “I felt that I would do what I could to help him along the way, if I could make something happen. I have a few leads for him to help him continue being a contributing citizen of Charlotte.”

Even Swope didn't seem too upset at his termination by Reid's Fine Foods. "I would have fired me," Swope told TPM. "I’ve been in the restaurant business for 25 years. I know the rules.”