From shenanigans to scandal?

by | Jul 28, 2013 | Editor's Blog, NC Politics, NCGov | 3 comments

Like everything else about Kieran Shanahan’s foray back into public service, his leaving it stinks. Not that he left. But the sorry excuse for leaving and the governor’s denial that anything was amiss.

Shananhan’s resignation came on the same day that his chief operating officer, Edward “Sonny” Masso stepped down with no explanation, leaving one of the larger organizations in state government leaderless. Masso resigned immediately and Shanahan’s resignation is effective July 31, otherwise known as Wednesday. If it’s really just his business interests and wife’s navy career, why can’t he wait for a replacement?

And speaking of replacements, why doesn’t McCrory have anybody waiting in the wings? He says DPS will be led by a team of deputies. He should have qualified people prepared to take over the agency charged with keeping the public safe from criminals. He also shouldn’t have been surprised as the rest of us.

No, the whole thing smells of scandal. The rumors swirling around Raleigh include everything from skirt-chasing to helicopter rides. McCrory, though, has assured us that there’s nothing behind the curtain. He better hope so because if anything comes to light, he’s lying again.

McCrory insists that Shanahan’s “business activities” took up more time than he expected. Let’s get the semantics of this excuse straight. Shanahan knew how much time the “business activities” took before he was appointed. So being head of DPS, not “business activities,” took up more time than Shanahan expected. Obviously, he saw running a $2 billion, 26,000 person operation as a part-time endeavor.

So now we get into McCrory’s vetting process. Why would he appoint a guy who has so much on his plate? Surely there are plenty of other qualified Republicans who would put public service ahead of personal profit for a few years to run such a department. Or even the more cynical view of a few qualified people who would serve as head of DPS because of the long term potential for lobbying contracts. Regardless, couldn’t they find somebody who would make serving as Secretary of Public Safety a priority instead of a sideline?

The whole episode smells. For McCrory, he better hope reporters don’t find anything else. Unfortunately for him, the legislature, which was holding the media’s attention, has gone home (thank God) and they’ll be looking for something else to chase. I have a feeling they may have found it and, this time, the scandal will be the cover up.


  1. luther blissett

    Oh, someone’s testy.

    There’s always the question of the NCSHP officer who got a $10k promotion during a time of statewide wage freezes. Was it, as scuttlebutt suggests, actually the spouse of his law partner? Was COO Sonny Masso a Navy buddy of Mrs Shanahan?

    DPS employees were very much unimpressed by the resignation note that was sent out to them all last week. It was a plain MS Word document, no DPS letterhead, and no proofreading. (Anybody knows how many iterations the DPS logo and letterhead has gone through will find that especially amusing.)

    Perhaps the problem is that McCrony’s millionaire picks, coddled by their cushy private-sector jobs, simply aren’t cut out for public-sector work.

  2. John Neighbor

    There you go again, making accusations that have no substance.

    In fact, this entire article offers nothing of value. You don’t even have anything to accuse Mr. Shanahan of. You are simply slinging mud.

    Go back to your day job, whatever that might be. You suck as a “journalist.”

    • Richard

      when Shanahan did whatever it is he did to have to resign, he wasn’t even allowed back into his office building to retrieve personal items. Barred from the building. I know that to be a fact. Guess we’ll find out sooner or later.

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