Today’s came when the Governor charged into the press room at the state Administration Building to read a four-and-a-half minute statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that it would be adding North Carolina to the list of states it has sued in recent years for unlawfully suppressing voting rights.
While there was much in the statement itself that fell short — the Governor seemed, for instance, not to remember that his voter suppression law includes multiple provisions spread out over 49 pages and is about a lot more than just voter ID requirements — there were at least two other items about the event that had to leave observers shaking their heads:
#1 – The Governor took no questions from the media. To which all a body can say in response is “What the heck?” You summon the cameras and reporters all the way over to your office and then can’t even deign to answer a few questions? Obviously, the Guv has made no secret of his disdain for the media, but this is important stuff. The citizens have a right to know what their Governor is thinking and whether he really even understands what he is talking about. You’ll remember that in the past, the Guv announced he would sign the voter suppression bill before he’d even read the entire thing. Sadly, today, we failed to learn whether he had ever finished reading it.
#2 – The Governor, regrettably, appeared to tell another little white lie during his few minutes at the podium. Read More