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DOT Secretary Tata jets off to Chicago to plug his novel as snowstorm paralyzes parts of NC

ITony Tata 2t is increasingly clear that a) North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata is a part-time Secretary who receives full-time pay ($136,000 per year) and b) Gov. Pat McCrory doesn’t give a darn.

How else to explain the Secretary’s ongoing second and third jobs as a novelist and Fox News Commentator on military issues and the silent acquiescence from the mansion?

Today — a day on which large swaths of the state are paralyzed by an unexpected snowstorm, thousands of public employees can’t get to work and numerous Department of Transportation crews are, presumably, working feverishly to clear our roads — the DOT Secretary will be…speaking in Chicago at Pritzker Military Museum & Library to plug his new “thriller” novel.

We’re not making this up. A call to the Pritzker Museum a few minutes ago confirmed  that Tata’s talk for this evening (800 miles from home) is on.

Meanwhile, Gov. Pat McCrory plods cheerfully along — content, apparently, to let one of his most important department heads mail it in and play the role of prima donna media figure on the public dime.

One can only imagine the wild bleats and gesticulations that would have emanated from Right Wing Avenue had a Perdue administration official somehow produced a book on, say, child rearing or healthful living while in office and then gone on Oprah to plug it. When it comes to Tata, however, the only thing one hears from those erstwhile crusaders against government waste, fraud and abuse is the sound of crickets chirping.

10 Comments


  1. Steve Harrison

    February 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Oh, yeah. If this had been a Perdue or Easley department head, the GOP and JLF would have already hounded that person into resigning.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    February 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Well luckily he does not drive a salt truck so we should be ok. Being a good executive he would have already worked with his managers for formulate a strategy to deal with the snow and ice.

  3. Alex

    February 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Do they have someone tailing this guy 24 hours a day ? When John Edwards never showed up in the Senate for 4 years, I didn’t hear any screaming from the left !

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    February 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Not to mention Barak Obama missing almost every vote from his Senate days….and he gets to be president.

  5. ML

    February 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Deflect much guys? Pretty obvious defense mechanism.

  6. doyerjob

    February 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Huh. Perhaps he should have been here seeing about getting *somebody* to brine the roads and drive the salt/sand trucks since it DID NOT GET DONE.

  7. Gene Hoglan

    February 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Art’s gang has a point though. Have we really missed anything with Tata’s absence? Perhaps he can opt to stay in the Windy City permanently.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    February 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    You can’t brine the roads when it is raining and have the brine still be effective Doyer.

  9. ML

    February 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Lsd the expert on everything. Prove it!

  10. LayintheSmakDown

    February 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Prove what? That you can’t brine roads while it is raining? It is just common sense that it would wash off.
    Now prove you actually have common sense….impossible right?

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