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Editorial: Berger and Moore’s “malfeasance and mismanagement” wreaking havoc on NC

This morning’s lead editorial on WRAL.com rightfully pulls few punches in assessing the behavior of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore vis a vis North Carolina’s duly elected governor. It accurately accuses the two of engaging in the kind of behavior one would more commonly associate with a banana republic junta and dictatorship.

“Did Senate Leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore and others at the North Carolina General Assembly miss the election for governor a while back? While a very select sample of voters in their gerrymandered districts elected them to run the legislature, the voters across North Carolina elected Roy Cooper to be their governor.

That may not be a result the legislative leaders preferred, but it is time for them to stop working so hard at preventing the governor from doing his job.

The latest in their secretive plot to thwart the governor’s constitutional leadership has been months-long stonewalling critical gubernatorial appointees, most significantly to the State Utilities Commission, State Board of Education and trustees for the Teacher’s and State Employees’ Retirement System . It is just another chapter in the legislature’s growing collection of case studies in bad management.”

After listing numerous acts of malfeasance by legislative leaders, including their shameless blockade of numerous Cooper appointees to various boards and commissions, the editorial concludes this way:

“The governor was right to adopt a stern tone in his letter to legislators this week seeking action. Legislators are ‘disrespectful.’ Their treatment of the appointees is ‘dilatory’ and ‘unacceptable. … This is not the way to treat these appointees who have committed themselves to public service.’

Berger’s defense was more illustrative of a banana republic’s tin-horn dictator than the leader of a legislature in the greatest democracy on the planet.

‘The governor, really, until we got this letter today, had not been pushing for these nominees to any appreciable extent that I’m aware of,’ Berger told WRAL-TV’s Travis Fain. Did Berger really say that with a straight face?…

It is past time for the secret, hyper-partisan machinations from Berger’s junta to end.

With these delays, ambushes and subterfuge, Berger, Moore and those who follow their dictates have produced a perfect storm of incompetence, disrespect and petty spite.

And closer to home, what justification do members of the Wake County legislative delegation – Senators John Alexander and Chad Barefoot along with Representatives Chris Malone, Nelson Dollar and Linda Williams – have for their continued votes to prevent the governor from doing his job?

Listen to the voters. Let the governor do his job.

North Carolinians deserve better.”

Click here to read the entire editorial.

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