Uncategorized

Ethics Commission member makes questionable comment about Governor’s stock disclosure

(UPDATED – see the bottom of the post) Here’s a fascinating and disturbing, if not terribly surprising, sidebar to the story that has erupted in recent days around Governor McCrory’s failure to disclose his Duke Energy holdings: one of McCrory’s own appointees (Note: see the update below) to the State Ethics Commission (the group that would likely review the Governor’s behavior in the matter) appears to have made an ethically questionable public statement about the matter.

The Commission member in question is Francis DeLuca, the head of the Pope-Civitas Institute and Civitas Action — its 501 (c)(4) affiliate. Here is a tweet that appeared earlier today on DeLuca’s Twitter account:

De Luca (2)

 

 

 

You got that? One of the seven members of the government panel charged with enforcing state ethics laws appears to have already formed an opinion on the matter and be willing to share it with the public.

And while many observers might find much potential merit in DeLuca’s opinion — at least based on the information currently available in the media — the notion that a supposedly impartial arbiter would weigh in with a public opinion on a matter on which he could well find himself hearing evidence and issuing a ruling is simply stunning. It’s as if a judge who might find himself presiding over a criminal trial at a later date had publicly commented on the guilt of a suspect in the case.

As we noted last fall here and here when DeLuca was appointed, the notion of placing a fire-breathing partisan on such a panel was a remarkable idea from the outset. Now, it’s pretty clear that DeLuca’s appointment was badly flawed for another reason: the man does not appear to understand what it means to serve in such a position and is evidently not capable of keeping his three jobs separate.

UPDATE: After this post went up, the Governor’s press office  emailed me the following: “Saw your blog post on Francis DeLuca. We wanted to point out and make sure you knew that Mr. DeLuca is a senate appointment. The Governor formally appoints but it’s the Senate president’s recommendation.”)

5 Comments


  1. Steve Harrison

    August 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    If the lawyer takes the blame for it, he would probably just get a rap on the knuckles by the state bar. If McCrory is responsible, however, he could be facing criminal charges. Colonel Francis is just trying to help the narrative along with this Tweet.

  2. NCteacher78

    August 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    So, who is responsible for holding this Ethics Commission accountable from corruption?

  3. Rob Schofield

    August 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Good question.

  4. Kaye Barley

    August 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Wait. There’s actually a North Carolina Ethics Board ? ? ?
    Bwahahahahahaha

  5. Alan

    August 18, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Really? Does it make an ounce of difference who appointed DeLuca? The end result is the same. Welcome to North Teabagistan.

Check Also

Virginia shows NC an important way to address the Confederate statue problem (photos)

At the same time that the University of ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

A national civil rights group will intervene on behalf of its clients in the lawsuit that led to the [...]

Since PFAS are unregulated, no public notification is required. Food packaging could be a source of [...]

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his life, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. reportedly asked his wi [...]

Stench and flies. Noise and traffic. Waste flowing into waterways. Manure-infused spray. Complaints [...]

For over two decades, North Carolina has systematically violated the constitutional rights of its ch [...]

Last December I condemned the UNC–Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (BOT) proposal to literally enshrine [...]

The Trump administration recently revealed how it is going to take away food from nearly 700,000 Ame [...]

Nine years ago in this space, Policy Watch reported on one of the most consistently pernicious aspec [...]