The Republican plan to move the SBI from the Department of Justice to the Department of Public Safety makes so much sense. I mean there’s so little to do at the Department of Public Safety that Secretary Kieran Shanahan had to keep his old job just to stay busy. Besides, the move makes government more efficient.
Now, 128 West Hargett Street is a one-stop shop for folks accused of white-collar crime. That’s where Secretary of Public Safety Kieran Shanahan has his law office. It’s also where his wife has her lobbying shop, CompassNC. And to sweeten the pot, Shanahan’s law partner, Brandon Neuman, is a Banking Commissioner.
Think about it. You’re an unscrupulous financial advisor being investigated by the SBI. A quick trip to 128 West Hargett Street and you’re hitting everybody you need to talk to. You can talk to Shanahan about calling off the SBI. You can talk to Neuman about your business needs and you can talk to the good folks at CompassNC about changing those pesky laws that got you into trouble in the first place. And, as an added bonus, you can get legal advice from Shanahan since he’s moonlighting as a practicing attorney. And since he’s not disclosing his clients, nobody will be the wiser. That’s what I call customer service!
And really, why should the SBI have any independence from the executive branch? Do you remember the trouble and headaches that caused in the Perdue and Easley administrations? We could have avoided all of those petty scandals if only the investigators had been responsible to the governor in the first place.
Well, thank goodness Pat McCrory is in the driver’s seat. He’s streamlining government, getting rid of all those bureaucratic checks and balances and finally giving Kieran Shanahan enough to do. I can’t wait to see how he fixes the rest of government.
Thomas Mills is the founder and publisher of PoliticsNC.com. Before beginning PoliticsNC, Thomas spent twenty years as a political and public affairs consultant. Learn more >