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Ouch! National watchdog group features McCrory on list of worst governors

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?

3 Comments


  1. Alex

    July 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I got a good laugh from this one. I’m sure that’s a non-partisan group !

  2. ML

    July 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    About as non-partisan as ALEC

  3. RA

    July 18, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Don’t like the message, attack the messenger. Nice diversion, but facts matter too, Alex – or is that ALEC?
    If you look at the list it’s not balanced from DEM to REP, but at least it has some of both. So, I don’t think the accusation is fair.

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