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Governor made appointment of Pope-Civitas chief to Ethics Commission

Pat McCrory 2There was some confusion this week as to who was ultimately responsible for the appointment of Pope-Civitas Institute executive director Francis De Luca to the state Ethics Commission. De Luca’s own press release said the appointment was made by the Governor on the recommendation of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. At first blush, this statement seemed to conflict with the terms of the Ethics Act itself, which gives the Governor four appointments (all of which are already filled) and the General Assembly four (two each to the House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem).  

The answer appears to lie in the fact that the General Assembly is not currently in session and therefore could not, technically, make a new appointment. In such circumstances, the Ethics Act references another state statute (G.S. 120-122) which vests the authority in the Governor to make the appointment upon the recommendation of the relevant legislative officer.

The bottom line: Things are even more depressing than they originally appeared. The head of a political attack group that produces malicious attack ads is now a member of the Board of the State Ethics Commission and both the Governor and the leader of the state Senate had a hand in making it happen.

7 Comments


  1. Amy Freedman

    November 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Ethics appears to be an oxymoron in this appointment….

  2. Jack

    November 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Yeah, stupid ox applies. Wait, unless I’m wrong about what oxymoron means.

  3. Alan

    November 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    It’s the Democrat Party that made them do it. It wasn’t them….

  4. Patti U

    November 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

    McCrory has no shame. He is pushing to new heights, hmmm, rather depths to cronyism. And ethics? I guess that means only those with like beliefs or those who need political payback.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    November 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I feel your pain. Almost everyone in NC has been depressed with the constant cronyism by the democrats for 10+ decades. It is good to have a different set of people depressed now so that maybe if power ever shifts again it will be remembered…..but I doubt it. We will again have democrat cronies vs. Republican ones. Same game different name.

  6. bamor223

    November 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Before we jump to conclusions, lets see what kind of job Mr. Deluca does. These positions are at the Govs ‘will and pleasure’ so of course these appointees will have some sort of political affiliation. That being said, The Democrats have no credibility when it comes to integrity. None!

  7. ML

    November 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Why is the only excuse in regards to the cronyism of mccrory and pope that democrats did it too? Wasn’t their campaign centered around ending such blatant pay to play politics?

    Repubs complained when dems did it but now it is ok? I can already hear the cries that dems condoned it when they were in control but that isn’t entirely true. Campaign mccrory garnered a lot of moderate and democratic votes bc of his promise to end the good ole boys practice.

    The statement that it’s ok bc dems did it too only shows your obvious bias and contradiction. Please stop using this excuse everytime mccrory breaks his promise, either you’re ok with unqualified people paying for positions or you’re not. The party officialtion does not excuse such actions. If you were against the “rampant” cronyism of dems then you must be against mccrory continuing the same practice.

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