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McCrory asked to refrain from NC Utilities Commission appointments

Posted January 4, 2013

The heads of AARP North Carolina and an environmental watchdog group on Friday asked Gov.-elect Pat McCrory to recuse himself from making any appointments to the state Utilities Commission because of his past employment with Duke Energy.

Doug Dickerson, state director of AARP North Carolina, and Jim Warren, executive director of the North Carolina Waste Awareness & Reduction Network, made their request in a formal letter to McCrory that they also distributed to the media. In the letter, the men said the commission appointments are important to the state’s economic and environmental future.

They called on McCrory, who takes office Saturday, to establish a fair and transparent process for choosing candidates.

“After being employed at Duke Energy for 28 years, you have an actual conflict of interest,” the letter stated.

When asked whether McCrory had any comment on the letter, his office released a short statement: “The Governor-elect is going to do the job he was elected to do by the people of North Carolina.”


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  • North Carolina Home Jan 4, 2013

    RebelYell55...the Libertarians did not win the election.

    Get over it.

  • computer trainer Jan 4, 2013

    Maybe folks did not pay attention, but Mr McC has appointed based on fit for the position, not political party. Something that the former guvs never did.

  • DaBear Jan 4, 2013

    Why is the AARP taking a stand on appointments to the Utilities Commission? Are they just publicly opposing a candidate they did not support or do they have an honest stake in who is appointed to the Utilities Commission? - Dadzilla

    Think senior citizens on fixed income. Should the rates jump as the result of a bad appointment then their members are effected.

    As for the conflict of interest, I'm sure the media will be quick to report should an appointment appear to be Duke Energy friendly.

  • dollibug Jan 4, 2013

    So there are people who are actually *TELLING THE GOVERNOR what need should and should NOT DO......really??????????????????? One would think that they would allow him a chance to do the job that the people have voted him to do.....without others telling him what is best....

  • Sherlock Jan 4, 2013

    Are you kidding, he has the individuals in line for the job.The NC Ethics Commission will have nothing to say about the right wing cronyism. It has been set in motion. Have to wail 4 yrs for any changes.

  • Terkel Jan 4, 2013

    Perdue appointed Lanier Cansler, an insurance company 1%-er, to a very lucrative position as head of DHHS. Even after he was removed, the clowns he put in place can't get the Medicaid billing system correct much less run an organization that works in the interests of the citizens. I don't want to hear about cronyism.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 4, 2013

    I guess those big ole bucks are paying off now.

  • Bartmeister Jan 4, 2013

    Who cares about these organizations? Let's just wait to see what the NC Ethics Commission has to say about the right wing cronyism. Should be very interesting. geosol


    Whats to care or worry about? The same commission was in tact for Easley and Perdue, so what? Besides half of the commission is appointed by the Governor. Whatcha so worried about?

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 4, 2013

    Sounds like he told em to stick the letter where the sun don't shine. While there is a confict of interest, they'll just be as crooked as the current board who sold out the citizens of NC.

  • Relic Jan 4, 2013

    "liberal media conspiracy" - Sorry, this isn't one of my complaints. There are just as many mongers of conservative issues in the media as there are liberal screamers. It just depends on what channel you're watching or paper you're reading. Media is interested in ratings, nothing more. If McCrory's administration succeeds it will be because it succeeds. If not, it will be because it did not. Perdue, Easley, etc. will have nothing to do with it good or bad.