One of the many non-budget items added to the "budget update" during the short session was to move the State Bureau of Investigation from the Department of Justice, overseen by the elected Attorney General, to the Department of Public Safety, overseen by someone appointed by the Governor.
To be sure, this had nothing to do with the budget; it has to do with petty politics, namely, punishing the current Attorney General, Roy Cooper.
[State senator and former deputy AG Josh] Stein said the move doesn't save any money and no one at either agency asked for it. Police chiefs and sheriffs don't like it, either, he said.
This is a bad idea for lots of reasons, notably the very real potential for conflict of interest (anyone remember Watergate?) and opportunities to conveniently overlook wrongdoing in the governor's administration.
Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, said the SBI is now under the very administration it sometimes investigates.
"We have the SBI that's currently investigating the Department of Corrections, currently investigating the Highway Patrol, currently investigating the governor's former employer. There is a reason why the SBI is independent of a governor," said Stein, a former deputy attorney general.
Guvnor McHypocrite, of course, initially opposed this move of the SBI but now supports it because Art Pope told him he wasn't allowed to veto the budget. And that brings up the really hilarious part of the story. Seriously, if you have a beverage in your mouth, swallow it before reading any more or it will end up spit all over your screen.
McCrory reiterated Monday that the shift will "take the politics out of the SBI."
"With the new independence created by this move, I will assure you – by law and because of my own ethics – you will not have interference with any type of an investigation from a political official, and this law guarantees just that," he said.
Hahahahahahaha! Pat's personal ethics will keep things on the straight and narrow. Those would be the ethics that have Pat meet with fatcat donors in private at an exclusive resort while ignoring his gubernatorial duties. The ethics that had him accept campaign contributions from a racketeer. The ethics that have him "frankly" spout the same debunked lies every time someone points a camera at him. The ethics that have him sign drastic abortion restrictions after promising he'd sign "none". The ethics that have him duck out of meeting petition deliverers, saying he's busy, and then being caught playing catch out back. The ethics that give campaign supporters high-paying jobs that they're not qualified for.
Yeah, those ethics.