Pope-Civitas attack on McCrory pulled from website

One of the more interesting developments on Right-Wing Avenue in recent weeks has been the emergence of some relatively gentle criticisms of Gov. McCrory. The Pope-Civitas Institute (which was, of course, founded by the Governor’s budget director), for example, has been featuring an article entitled “Tell Gov. McCrory to Enforce the Law” in which readers are encouraged to sign a petition urging the Guv to implement the new law to drug test public assistance applicants that he had made noises about not implementing.

Then last Tuesday, Pope-Civitas director Francis DeLuca authored a lengthy article in which he attacked McCrory for speaking at an event that also featured speakers from the Institute for Minority Economic Development (a group DeLuca derided for having worked with Rev. William Barber’s Historic Thousands of Jones Street Coalition). The article even highlighted the fact that Yolanda Stith, wife of McCrory chief of staff Thomas Stith, is a lobbyist on behalf of one of the conveners of the event.

Today, both articles appear to have all but vanished from the Pope-Civitas websites. The DeLuca article “Candidate McCrory Had It Right,” was posted on the Civitas Review blog September 10, but a search of the archives for the blog for that today now turns up no such article. You can read the Google cache version (thanks to one of our intrepid friends for finding it)  by clicking here. Here’s the rather remarkable lead sentence:

“As a candidate, Pat McCrory promised to change the culture of cronyism and insider dealing in Raleigh. As governor, however, he is getting awfully cozy with some of the groups that have pigged out for years at the government trough.”

The “Tell Gov. McCrory to Enforce the Law” piece (which was prominently featured on the front page of main website for several days) is now no nowhere to be found unless one clicks on a link that accompanied a Civitas email sent last Wednesday or runs a word search of the website. It’s not listed anywhere that I can find under any of the categories on the site — strange treatment for such a new piece. 

So, what to make of all this? Did Civitas have a change of heart? Did the group get a memo from You-Know-Who telling them to cool it?

Obviously, everyone makes mistakes and/or has second thoughts after hitting the “send” or “publish” buttons on occasion, but these two changes — coming, as they did, at a moment in which the Governor is being widely assailed from all angles — certainly ought to raise an eyebrow or two.


  1. gregflynn

    September 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

    What Civitas didn’t tell you was that Yolanda Stith was Treasurer of Pat McCrory’s “New Leadership PAC”. Frances De Luca blew a dog whistle, prematurely. Not the first time. He’s still falsely claiming Walter Dalton wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

    According to IRS records Stith’s client, the NC MWBE Coordinators Network, has an average budget of about $30K per year. It’s officers are not paid. It is a membership organization with dues, not dependent on government funding. It is not a partner of HKonJ as implied in the article.

    The NC Institute for Minority Economic Development is not a client of Stith’s. So why would De Luca say “Ms. Stith’s clients benefited”? Because they were all minorities hanging out on the same city block at an event attended by McCrory?

    The [NC Minority] Support Center is yet a different organization not related to either of the other two, or the event with McCrory, but is a client of Stith’s, though De Luca didn’t mention that. And why would De Luca say any of them “benefited”. McCrory proposed budget reductions to prior funding. The NCGA budget proposed no funding and was signed by McCrory. Benefit?

    Frances De Luca blew a dog whistle, prematurely, and the wrong dogs heard it.

  2. Steve Harrison

    September 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Things were easier for the puppets back in the day when Republicans were completely powerless and any state government issues could be blamed on Democrats. It’s much more complicated now, when they have to figure out clever ways to attack progressive orgs while also laying down covering fire for crooked Republicans.

    Besides, Colonel Francis is a former Marine, so, you know. I’m not saying he’s not intelligent, I’m just saying that was never a requirement for the few and the proud.

    If that offends any former Marines, I apologize. Here’s something shiny to play with…

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    September 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    As far as the second issue, I have always found their site difficult to navigate as it is. It is nothing new to have a difficult time finding articles on the nccivitas.org site.

    As far as the first issue, I check there every day and never saw that post.

  4. gregflynn

    September 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    That’s very funny Doug because you yourself linked to it 4 days ago.

  5. david esmay

    September 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I love right-wing nut circular firing squads.

  6. Alan

    September 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm


    If they all fired at each other, they still wouldn’t hit a brain…

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