These are interesting and confusing times in North Carolina politics. And with the hostile takeover of state government by chain store magnate Art Pope virtually complete, it looks like the lines will only get blurrier and more confusing. Check out this rather remarkable excerpt from a fundraiser sent out by the Pope-Civitas Institute on New Year’s Eve:
Big changes are happening here in the “Old North State”.
We have a new governor, and a more conservative legislature.
But that’s not the only news, two former Civitas staff members are now in responsible positions in state government. And we plan on holding them accountable!
Thomas Stith, the first Vice President of Civitas, is now the Chief of Staff for Governor Elect McCrory. Chris Hayes, formerly a policy analyst for Civitas is now the Chief of staff for North Carolina House speaker Thom Tillis.
The letter goes on to brag about all the conservative “leaders” the group has developed and to beg for money to do more of the same.
Of course, nowhere in the letter is it mentioned that there is a third former Pope-Civitaser now in a pretty significant position of power — that, of course, would be the state’s new budget director and Pope-Civitas Institute founder/chief funder. Interestingly, there’s also nothing in the letter about holding that particular person accountable for his work.