Kudos to citizen journalist Greg Flynn for pointing out on Twitter today the recent and outrageous appointment of Rowan County businessman and former Housing Board Chairman Mac Butner to the Rowan County Board of Elections. As Flynn reported this morning, Butner said the following on Facebook in 2013:
The post still appears on Butner’s Facebook page. The national political site Wonkette reported last July (caution: the website uses language some may find offensive) that Butner has made other hateful statements on Facebook — including racially charged comments about Moral Monday protesters — that were later taken down. The Salisbury Post has more on those comments in this story from last summer.
According to an article from last Friday in the Post, Butner was selected for his new job by local GOP officials and approved by the state Board of Elections (the members of which, of course, report to Gov. McCrory). Two weeks ago, McCrory helped force the resignation of state Board member Paul Foley because of some ethical issues. In the present case, it’s hard to see how he can avoid taking similar action.[According to a tweet posted yesterday by Salisbury Post Politics/County government reporter Josh Bergeron, Butner has actually been made chair of the Board.]