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McCrory gives parting gifts to advisers

Posted December 30, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory attends his last Council of State meeting on Dec. 6, 2016.

— A little more than 30 hours before leaving office, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed three of his close advisers Friday to positions on state boards.

Thomas Stith, McCrory's chief of staff, and Lee Roberts, his former budget director, were placed on the board of directors for Golden LEAF, the Rocky Mount-based foundation that doles out rural economic development grants from the money North Carolina receives from the national settlement with cigarette manufacturers.

Bob Stephens, McCrory's general counsel, was appointed to a position on the State Board of Community Colleges, along with former Republican state Rep. Brian Brown of Pitt County.

Meanwhile, Dr. Randall Williams, a deputy director of the state Department of Health and Human Services, was one of five people named to the Oil and Gas Commission, which has been defunct since McCrory won a lawsuit against legislators over appointments to state commissions a year ago.

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  • Holly Atkins Jan 3, 2017
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    If this has been defunct HOW does this man have a job? And how much are we paying this McCrook crony for NO JOB in a DEFUNCT area??

  • Dolly Butler Jan 2, 2017
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    I totally agree, Mick::::::: Goodbye, Patsy! The notation of your term in the history of our state will judge you as weak, unprincipled, partisan to a fault, and a proponent of returning the state to its discriminatory past.

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  • Dennis Midkiff Jan 2, 2017
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    Haha "work".

  • Anna Temple Jan 1, 2017
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    Thank you President Obama for providing the policies and insight to bring us out of the GOP recession which allowed McCrory and other Governors to ride your coattails and proclaim it was them instead that saved us. We saw through this and now McCrory is just making the final crony gifts as he is expected to do.

  • Renee Grainger Jan 1, 2017
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    I hate to see you go GovernorMcCrory. Best wishes to you! It going to be tough seeing all the work that you did for North Carolina go down the drain.

  • Ronan Cates Dec 31, 2016
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    I hope the courts are smart enough to put these actions in the toilet. What happen to Democacy

  • Mike Voiland Dec 31, 2016
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    -McCrory prevents his successor from appointing people who are of the same political/philosopical persuasion to key state boards (a customary right and expectation of a new governor);
    Patsy also gives his blessing to his radical DEQ director's self-appointment to a lower-level, non-exempt DEQ position (thereby being protected from removal by Cooper).
    -And, of course, this is all after McCrory signed NCGOP bills to strip the new governor of many powers, including drastically reducing the number of new hires Cooper could appoint by 80% (1500 down to 300).

    During his four years as governor, McCrory never showed any altruism, integrity, interest in the common good of all NC'ers, nor true respect for the office of governor, and especially failed to do so in his last month in office.

    Goodbye, Patsy! The notation of your term in the history of our state will judge you as weak, unprincipled, partisan to a fault, and a proponent of returning the state to its discriminatory past.

  • Mary Meadows Dec 30, 2016
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    What are you trying to say?