Capitol offense

by | May 21, 2013 | Editor's Blog, NC Politics, NCGOP, NCGov | 3 comments

Pat McCrory rode to victory on a wave of dissatisfaction with the Raleigh political establishment and a stubbornly high unemployment rate. When he talked about fixing government, the voters thought McCrory meant ending the decade of scandals that had plagued two Democratic administrations. They wanted an end to petty corruption.

Instead, the McCrory administration believed that voters wanted to scrap the programs that have been successful like our nationally recognized Medicaid program. They’ve put no safe guards in place to prevent the type of abuse of power that we saw over the past decade. On the contrary, they’re inviting it.

The News & Observer reported today that Yolanda Stith, wife of McCrory Chief of Staff Thomas Stith, has opened a lobbying shop called, get this, Capitol Access. No kidding. That’s about as blatantly selling access as you can get. She says she focuses on the General Assembly, not the Governor’s Office, but everyone knows what they’re buying.

And as we’ve been shouting all week, McCrory also is letting Secretary of Public Safety Kieran Shanahan continue to work at his old law firm–and in the same office that his wife operates a lobbying firm, CompassNC. Nobody is fooled by what is going on here. This is the same clubby atmosphere that leads to kickbacks and scandals.

Maybe all of this is rooted in Republicans’ contradictory disdain for government workers while complaining that administration jobs don’t pay enough. McCrory gave an 11% raise to his Cabinet secretaries so “they can afford to live while running multi-billion dollar departments.” Now, he’s figured out how to make government even more profitable for his appointees–allowing them to hold second jobs while setting up their spouses with lucrative lobbying contracts.

It took Democrats ten years of almost complete control to find themselves mired in scandal through arrogance of power. It’s taken Republicans only six months.


  1. cosmicjanitor

    McCrory rode to victory because the previous sitting governor – whose popularity and approval rating assured her re-election victory, suddenly and inexplicably withdrew from the race at the eleventh hour. To date, no one has been able to determine just what came into play to precipitate Perdue’s reversal, but it follows a nationwide trend with the major news medias proselytizing unrelentingly in their efforts to implement a corporate republican system of one party rule in this country. To my mind, there is little doubt that whatever scared Purdue enough to quit the race had something to do with her stance against lifting the moratorium on fraction in NC., and we all too well remember what happened to US. Senator Wellstone when he crossed those who man the helm of the US. political establishment.

  2. gregflynn

    Yolanda Stith was also Treasurer of McCrory’s New Leadership PAC which supported his political activities between 2010 and 2012.

    • Thomas Mills

      One big happy family. Thanks, Greg.

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