Editorial: Wobbling governor in the dark
Pat McCrory had a strong message for us each time he ran for governor.
He was against “the culture of corruption.” That sounded good — real good.
Too bad the culture got to him, and it didn’t take long either. He hasn’t even been in office a year.
Politicians already have it rough. They’re inherently linked to other jobs where salesmanship is key, the truth is often dislodged a bit if not outright tossed aside and situations change. The latter means their position may have no choice but to change, leaving their words for critics to assail.
We recognize the difficulty in staying honest to every single word. But that’s also an acceptance when agreeing to public service. Judgment can be sharp. The politician’s life is not for all.
The liberals’ criticism of Renew North Carolina Foundation has merit. The governors’ supporters are credited with its creation and its donors can remain anonymous. The chairman also has leadership of the N.C. Economic Development Board overseeing privatization of the state’s economic development efforts.
That translates to giving incentive deals, of which our tax money is a part, to private companies. The private companies and corporations can give anonymously to Renew North Carolina. That’s a veiled conflict of interest.
McCrory said 10 months ago he was not “engaged” with the organization.
But in June, with the state budget still not finalized, high rolling donors in the Foundation gathered in Greensboro and we all know who was the main attraction. Fifty Benjamins allowed access to McCrory at a dinner and policy briefing the next day.
Anyone believing the policy briefing was the governor talking to the donors instead of the money talking to the governor has a right to their opinion. We’ll get our confirmations when legislation starts filtering out of the short session that begins next May.
McCrory has time to strengthen his axles and pick up speed. But he’s wobbling on transparency (“Opportunity was missed on new laws,” Sept. 6) and now integrity.
No matter what he’s trying to sell, it is paramount he maintain both — not one or the other — of those characteristics. That’s the culture of our approval.