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The best editorial of the weekend: “Amateur hour”

mccrory-stith [1]In case you missed it over the weekend, an editorial in the Charlotte Observer provided a succinct summation of the McCrory’s administration’s performance surrounding the damning coal ash scandal testimony of state toxicologist Ken Rudo. As you will recall, NC Policy Watch reporter Lisa Sorg reported last week [2] that McCrory’s chief of staff Thomas Stith called a hasty late night press conference to accuse Rudo of perjury — even though he had not read Rudo’s testimony.

The Observer rightfully entitled its editorial on the subject “Amateur hour continues in Raleigh.” [3] Here’s the conclusion:

“Stith was not at the meeting in question and so has no first-hand knowledge of what happened. ‘My understanding is the governor did not participate in the meeting,’ Stith said in his deposition.

It is extraordinary that a governor’s chief of staff would call a press conference and accuse a respected toxicologist of lying under oath when he has no first-hand and very limited second-hand knowledge of what happened.

But it’s just the latest example of McCrory and his administration bumbling into avoidable mistakes amid a tough re-election battle. For example, state law bars candidates from coordinating with independent political groups. Yet McCrory planned to speak at a fundraiser hosted by such a group, Real Jobs NC, on Friday. That sparked concern at the state Board of Elections. (McCrory’s plans changed because of Hurricane Matthew, his camp says.)

And last month, McCrory’s campaign planted questions at a Charlotte event that were portrayed as coming from the public.

Rudo, the toxicologist, says he is a Republican who voted for McCrory in 2012. He is surely just one of thousands who now regret it.”

Click here [3] to read the entire editorial.