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Be sure to check out Harry Payne’s op-ed in the N&O this morning about the shameful way the Republican leadership in the General Assembly recently treated Lynn Holmes, the former Chair of the Employment Security Commission that was recently moved to the Department of Commerce.

At the meeting, Holmes provided specific answers in writing to every question that had been submitted and patiently explained them in detail. Before she answered any questions from the committee, Rucho required her to take an unprecedented step and be put under oath. They had a court reporter and a Bible waiting, but no real reason for her treatment other than a vague reference to “circumstances.”

It was a stunning insult to her. Her staff was present and watched. One of them answered similar questions but he wasn’t sworn. The commerce secretary testified too, but wasn’t asked to place his hand on a Bible. Even a paid advocate from Washington who spouted many numbers regarding inheritance tax wasn’t required to raise his hand.

5 Comments


  1. david esmay

    January 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

    The GOP loves to intimidate public employees who have access to information that discredits their policies. In the real world, we refer to it as hubris, in the political world the GOP considers it a commodity.

  2. Nonanonymous

    January 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

    It’s just shameful, shameful, I say! Err, wait, what were we talking about?

  3. Frances Jenkins

    January 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    How much ( in the millions)have we over paid in unemployemnt benefits because someone was not doing their job?
    How many times did she refuse to attend meetings or provide information?

  4. Frances Jenkins

    January 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    What we are talking about is someone does not want to answer questions about how we messed UP?

  5. Jack

    January 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    People who have proven themselves not to be trusted tread other in kind. The NCGA is a train wreck in slow-motion. The bullies in the NCGA need to be stopped.

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