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The deafening silence from McCrory and Dalton

As the Duke Energy fiasco continues to spread and unravel, it raises an obvious question for any major North Carolina politician seeking high office : What is your stance on this apparent rip-off that’s being perpetrated on consumers?

The two most obvious and relevant people to whom this question should be posed are Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton.

Whoever wins the gubernatorial contest between the two men this fall will have as one of his first chores the appointment of a vacant slot on the state Utilities Commission — a position that’s been left inexcusably open since last year because GOP legislative leaders didn’t want to allow a “lame duck” governor to have the appointment.

McCrory worked for Duke  Power for years and Duke boss Jim Rogers is a big Democratic fundraiser and the Co-Chair of th Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, which might be why Dalton has yet to weigh in.

Will either guy muster the courage to stand up for consumers? The answer to that question will tell us a lot about both men and, perhaps, our state’s future.

The silence so far is deafening.

7 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    July 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    In the whole scheme of things what does it matter to the public who runs Duke Energy whether it’s Rogers or the old Progress guy? That’s their business and it doesn’t affect the rate payers at all.

  2. jlp75

    July 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Except for the fact that this was contrary to what was presented to the Utilities Commission in order to gain approval for the merger. This is deceit pure and simple. What ever happened to integrity in business? Since this is a regulated public utility it is the business of all rate payers.

  3. Frank Burns

    July 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Why would the Utilities Commission care whether Rogers or the Progress guy was in charge? The public doesn’t care. I know that I don’t.

  4. jlp75

    July 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Well if no one cares why lie?

  5. James

    July 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    No one cares whether you care or not Frank. You are irrelevant.

    The statements made by Duke to the PUC, however, were part of a formal application that included many conditions … conditions that affected the PUC’s decision on approval.

    Rogers made false statement to the PUC. Said less politely, he is a fucking liar.

  6. Alex

    July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    James, can you please refrain from cursing on this site. It doesn’t make you any more believable!

  7. Jack

    July 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    So goes Frank Burns so goes North Carolina? Such is the arrogance of the right.

    Although I do not approve the James’ curse word I can appreciate the emphasis it provides. Kind of like an exclamation- point within a sentence.

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