It’s rare these days to find Republicans and Democrats in agreement on much of anything, so it’s well worth your time to read Jim Morrill’s weekend article in The Charlotte Observer that finds Gov. Roy Cooper and former Republican governors Pat McCrory and Jim Martin all on the same page.
The men, who have all occupied the Executive Mansion, are united in their opposition to the controversial constitutional amendment that strips appointment powers from North Carolina’s governor and turns that duty over to the legislature. As Morrill explains :
…if passed by voters, the amendment also would give the legislature power to make appointments to nearly 400 boards that oversee everything from the environment to public health to economic development. Those boards shape policies that affect virtually everyone in the state.
“It’s a blatant power grab from the executive branch,” said former GOP Gov. Pat McCrory.
Martin, the former GOP governor, said legislators would be happy with a weaker governor.
“He’d be a nice figurehead, which is what the General Assembly wants,” Martin said. “They’d be very happy to have a governor who would go around making speeches, cutting ribbons and staying out of the way.”
In issuing his latest veto on Friday, Gov. Cooper explained:
Republican legislators are shamefully attempting to mislead voters in order to undermine our state’s constitution and weaken the separation of powers between the branches of government,” said Governor Cooper.
House Minority Leader Darren Jackson joined NC Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield last week to further criticized the deceptive constitutional amendment (HB 913) to create a new Bipartisan State Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement.
The House and Senate are expected to vote to override Cooper’s vetoes later this week, sending six constitutional amendments and their own wording for the proposals to the voters in November.