Well, with thousands of North Carolinians out of work and/or income due to the Tea Party’s hostage taking in Washington, it’s good to know that North Carolina’s governor is right where he needs to be during the crisis…uh, that would be cavorting with oil and coal company execs and lobbyists at a swanky casino in Mississippi.
No, we’re not making this up; a day after throwing some chump change at the suddenly destitute with his state budget director and DHHS Secretary, the Guv (according to a press release from his office) boarded a plane and winged his way to the “Governor’s (sic) Forum on Outer Continental Shelf Energy Development” at the “53rd Annual Meeting of Southern States Energy Board.”
The Southern States Energy Board — read more by clicking here  — is an energy industry-dominated group of southern politicians that, as best as can be determined, exists to promote fossil fuel development. Click here the agenda for the meeting. 
And this year’s big get-together? Well it’s being held at the lovely Beau Rivage Resort and Casino  along the Mississippi gulf shore. Interestingly, the Guv’s official press notice  left out that “casino” part; it merely references the “Beau Rivage Resort.”
Not that McCrory deserves any particular blame for the venue — he certainly didn’t choose it and, to his credit, has spoken out against adding new predatory casinos to the North Carolina landscape — but given the current circumstances in our state, it certainly is an interesting symbolic gesture on his part to go anywhere near such an event.
Fortunately, we won’t have to worry about the Guv being uncomfortable during his stay, according to the Resort and Casino’s website , even basic hotel rooms feature all the comforts of the mansion back in Raleigh — plus modern bathrooms! He can even “surrender to bliss” and “be nurtured at the south’s premiere day spa.”
Let’s hope McCrory has a pleasant stay and recharges his batteries during these trying times. Maybe he’ll even get a chance to find out from his fellow southern Guvs how it is that all of them were able to avoid cutting off essential welfare payments to people in need during the shutdown.
(Photo: taken from the website of the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino at www.beaurivage.com )