The nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has released a new 105 page report documenting the sins of the 18 “worst governors in America.” The list is divided into three categories: “ringmasters,” “clowns” and “sideshows.” As you can see at page 87 of the report (page 90 of the PDF) Gov. McCrory is included in category #2.
Other prominent governors featured include: Jan Brewer of Arizona, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.
According to the report, the criteria used in assessment are:
-Corruption: Has there been outright corruption? We also considered whether a governor violated state ethics rules or campaign finance laws and whether he used his position to influence the award of state contracts.
-Transparency: Did a governor block access to records that state law deems discoverable? Similarly, did the governor oppose legislation to make public records more accessible?
-Partisan politics: Several governors appeared to put partisan politics above the interests of the citizens of his or her state. Did a governor attempt to score political points by turning down federal funds that would benefit a state’s residents?
-Pressuring public officials: Has a governor attempted to pressure or intimidate other state officials to act contrary to the public good?
-Cronyism: Did a governor abuse his position to reward family or friends with state employment or other benefits?
-Self-enrichment: Did a governor use his position for his personal financial enrichment?
-Scandal: Was a governor involved in a personal scandal that clearly distracted from his ability to govern effectively?