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Right wing assails McCrory over prison contractor questions

North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse is loudly attacking the news media and “disgruntled former and current employees” for the story about Gov. McCrory’s involvement in helping a longtime friend and political donor obtain a state contract to provide prison maintenance services over the objections of top prison officials.

Fire breathers on the Right, however, are hearing no such excuses.

Here’s the ultra-conservative Beaufort Observer:

“We think most North Carolinians know that a person does not donate $50,000 to anyone without expecting something in return, whether it be a multi-million dollar contract, season tickets. to get their kid in the “right” university or whatever. The quid pro quo is not what is important. What is important is that such contributions make it appear that decisions are influenced by money. We think you should have to make a choice: Either exercise your right to make political contributions or your right to solicit contracts from the state and its subsidiaries. But not both.

It used to be called ‘payola.’ It still should be. It is legal bribery when one gets private emoluments (benefits not everyone gets) from the government while making political contributions or secret bribes. To call them ‘legal contributions’ is a distinction without a difference. To put a dollar limit on such contributions is immaterial.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Haymaker is blasting the news as reminiscent of corruption by Democratic elected officials:

“When the GOP took control on Jones Street in 2010, and state government in 2012, they promised that things were going to be different from the ways of the old regime.  We got a new set of people in charge.  But a lot of the nasty habits from the old regime are still apparently hanging around.”

One Comment


  1. Tony D

    November 3, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I have always said the GOP ran on a ticket saying JObs JOBs JOBs lower taxes etc..and that NC had been run by crooked democrats for to many years they were going to change all that once they got elected…..Well low and behold what we did was traded old crooks for new crooks….and now we realize that the old crooks were better than this new bred of political criminals..So if I have to pick a crook please put the democrats back in ..They may line their pockets but they didn’t sell us out to the corporations to be looted and polluted.we didn’t have fracking and lose of our property rights…We didn’t have utility rate increases or bigger fees for public services..Or Duke power calling the shots…They want to give everything away to private business and make us pay for it….This bunch of crooks are evil and vile and the worst kind of government you can have because we no longer have a voice….2016 it will all change these assbags will be gone.

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