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Wife of McCrory's chief of staff to head long-term care group

Posted January 31

Thomas Stith, chief of staff for Gov. Pat McCrory, attends a news conference at the Governor's Mansion on Jan. 21, 2014.

— Yolanda Stith, a lobbyist and the wife of Gov. Pat McCrory's chief of staff, Thomas Stith, will take over as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities on Monday. 

Throughout the first year of McCrory's administration, Yolanda Stith has been a registered lobbyist for several nonprofits, including the long-term facilities association as well as The North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations and the North Carolina Minority Women Business Enterprise Coordinators' Network.

She makes the move as the governor's office is pushing to revamp the state's Medicaid system, which cares for the poor and disabled. Many residents of long-term care facilities are on Medicaid, and funding problems in the program have hurt the homes in recent years. 

"We are very excited to have someone of Yolanda’s character and ability serve as our association’s executive director. She is a strong advocate for our industry and an invaluable asset for our association," said Hugh Campbell, the association's president.

Asked whether Yolanda Stith's new role and her husband's high-profile position could lead to a conflict of interest, Campbell said she had "always conducted herself very professionally, and I know she will continue to do so as our executive director. We do not anticipate any conflicts of interest."

McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo said that Yolanda Stith's new position has not raised concerns. 

"The governor and legal counsel are aware of the situation and have taken steps to avoid any possible conflicts," Genardo said.

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  • 40YRTEACHER Feb 6, 2:09 p.m.

    HMMM? wonder if they file a joint income tax?

  • frank27603 Feb 4, 5:16 p.m.

    Back to someones original question: what are her qualifications ? BYW what does long term care include; other state run facilities?

  • Atheistinafoxhole Feb 4, 3:55 p.m.

    Who cares really? It's politics and they all do it. Enough with the faux-outrage...you're... View More

    — Posted by ncprr1

    Hmmm, I didn't hear McCrory pointing out that he was going to be just like the Democrats when he was running for office, did you? All I heard the GOP saying was that they would be different. If everyone knew they would be the same, we at least could have saved a lot of hassles (DHHS just to start) by keeping the experienced politicians we had instead of this bunch of rookies.

  • 99percenters Feb 4, 12:51 p.m.

    I'm not surprised that the sheep are defending this action, what are her qualifications, or is it because she's a lobbyist? and there must've been concern otherwise they wouldn't bother with the lawyers..... but there's always skeletons in every closest!

  • Pensive01 Feb 4, 8:49 a.m.

    s groundless because there is nothing to link the decision that is being reported in for this... View More

    — Posted by josephlawrence43

    Ah so now we get the Obama deflection. I'll be blunt and just flat out tell you that the example you're trying to use isn't even remotely like what you were writing earlier. It is your contention that the media is trying to embarrass McCrory and the only fair and objective thing to do is to also include things that prior administrations did that were at best questionable. So going by your own criteria, let's apply that same standard to Obama and Bush. When the media was reporting the botched rollout of the Federal website for people to sign up for health insurance, then to be fair and objective, as you describe it, then the media should also add in things like Scooter Libby's being convicted of leaking Valarie Plame's name to the world at large. Now could anyone call that even remotely fair and objective? Not from where I'm sitting and no matter who's name you toss in it still doesn't.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 3, 7:43 p.m.

    "Who cares really? It's politics and they all do it. Enough with the faux-outrage...you're embarrassing yourself." - ncprr1

    "I agree. whaat's the problm so long as they do the job. it happens from the president all the way down." - stymiedurham

    "and this didn't happen in prior administrations, right???" - sinew1

    Hmm. That's all you've got? When did neocons become so sad, cynical, and redundant?

    "GOP" is like a bad stock that just keeps on dropping, a few more points every day.

    No wonder the masses voted for someone who yammered about hope and change, and no doubt they'll do it again. After spending 2013 in NC, I couldn't blame them for it.

  • josephlawrence43 Feb 3, 6:26 p.m.

    s groundless because there is nothing to link the decision that is being reported in for this article, along with anything else that happens under this administration, with anything that was done by any prior administration as long as there is no link between them. What you are advocating is to dredge up the history of what prior administrations did and connect it to the current administration??

    Really??? So we have had 5 years of the Obama administration trying to link its failures to events/circumstances during the Bush years?? Is that the kind of linkage to which you refer?? If such linkage is considered valid for Obama, why is a similar linkage not valid for McCrory??

  • stymieindurham Feb 3, 5:18 p.m.

    I agree. whaat's the problm so long as they do the job. it happens from the president all the way down.

  • ncprr1 Feb 3, 5:03 p.m.

    Who cares really? It's politics and they all do it. Enough with the faux-outrage...you're embarrassing yourself.

  • Pensive01 Feb 3, 4:26 p.m.

    Groundless??? Really??? I certainly can't guess at what you consider "fair and objective"... View More

    — Posted by josephlawrence43

    Yes groundless because there is nothing to link the decision that is being reported in for this article, along with anything else that happens under this administration, with anything that was done by any prior administration as long as there is no link between them. What you are advocating is to dredge up the history of what prior administrations did and connect it to the current administration. It is your own lack of objectivity towards the media, with your "opinion" that it is all about embarrassing McCrory, which is blinding you to the fact that the likeliest outcome of your approach will be to link the things that happened under Easley with what IS happening under McCrory. Now that WOULD be very unfair and would not be objective at all.

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