Why no McCrory press conference for audit criticizing Department of Commerce?

It was just a couple of weeks ago that the McCrory administration was up in arms and demanding blood as a result of a new and critical audit of the North Carolina Rural Center. Indeed, judging by their statements and actions then and since, you’d have thought the Rural Center had been revealed to be some kind of organized crime outfit.

Of course, the whole thing was a bit of an overreaction. As we noted at the time:

“Troubling as some of the reports from the audit are, the plain truth is that the main accusation is simply that the Center has been doing what Governors and Departments of Commerce of both parties have been doing for decades: promising that amazing job growth and economic development would result from their investments of state funds and then sometimes failing to deliver (or keep good track of whether they delivered).

That’s not to say we shouldn’t reform the Center, but to simply ax it overnight as State Budget Director Art Pope has apparently decided to do smacks of something more than simple good budgeting practices — namely a partisan effort by Pope and his cronies to punish a group that they’ve always hated, mostly because of their perception that it has always been staffed predominately by Democrats and maintained close ties to Democratic politicians.”

Now flash forward to today and the release of a new audit — also from the State Auditor. This one, however, is not directed at a group hated by some for its historic ties to Democrats, but at the Department of Commerce itself.

The findings? As we had forecast, the Department is pretty clearly guilty of doing just what the Rural Center was alleged to have done; it puffed on its job creation statistics and did a lousy job of tracking the money it spent and the jobs it created. Put another way, the Job Development Investment Grant program (JDIG) is, to quote the Guv’s description of every other public program he doesn’t favor, “broken.”

Strangely however, unlike a few weeks ago when the audit was rushed out and trumpeted in time to impact the state budget debate, today’s audit has produced not so much as a peep from the Governor’s mansion.

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Charlottean

    July 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Just another Bush era crony voting in lockstep with the good ole boys. Nooo they don’t raise taxes, they just cancel all the tax breaks for the average person so their elitist contributors can have more.
    Just a sign of the times, all politicians are lying thieves who want to be kings.

  2. Doug

    July 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Here is why:
    If you held a press conference for every case of past democrat regimes mismanaging a government program there would not be enough time in the day to handle them.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    July 29, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I thought the Department of Commerce was reorganized. There was so much corruption in the previous Democrat administration, it will take one hundred years to address it.

  4. Jack

    July 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    If what you say about corruption in the Democratic Party is true then I have to hand it to the Republicans for their being able to do in a few short years what took the Democrats more than a century to do. So you’re right, in more than one respect, Republicans are better and more efficient; at least in their practice of corruption than any other party.

    If the Republican controlled NCGA hasn’t but their house in order by now then there isn’t much hope that they will any time soon. If they and you are going to point to the past then no wonder NC is becoming more a backward state. After all you and Doug are their constituents and you are as backward thinking as they come.