Pat McCrory's "Alarming" Ethics

Pat McCrory loves him some freebies. In 2004 CPI Security Systems, an alarm company, flew McCrory on a chartered plane to Panthers playoff games in St Louis and Philadelphia. When his plane landed in Philly it was met by an official police escort which sped through the city with lights flashing making way for the party bus carrying McCrory and the CPI employees. McCrory and CPI CEO Ken Gill claimed that there was no ethics violation because CPI had no direct business with the city. They failed to mention that CPI’s security alarm business is affected by the city’s regulation of private security alarms. McCrory wants to clean up corruption but don’t take his plate away because he’s not done eating. Like Sarah Palin, the rules don’t apply to him when he doesn’t like them. In his filing with the State Ethics Commission he failed to acknowledge that he has a wife, avoiding disclosure of her financial holdings. Like Sarah Palin, he used the mayor’s public email account as contact information.

Harry Taylor for Congress: Power to the People!

Harry Taylor’s campaign for Congress in North Carolina’s 9th district is a genuine grass roots campaign. He’s running against well funded, 7 term incumbent Republican Sue Myrick with a campaign that’s short on everything but a great candidate, lots of enthusiasm, good policies and a real alternative to the way people in Washington think and act. Harry Taylor is a real public servant in a way that I didn’t think was possible anymore.

An opinion column in The Charlotte Observer on October 11 by Mary Newsom, “Something Profound Is Happening”, states that there is a fire blazing that began several years ago.

McCain'a last stand against the landslide

Sen. John McCain visited North Carolina today in an attempt to stop a Democratic landslide which could sweep down the Republican ticket, not with the force of the Nixon surge which in 1972 washed Jesse Helms into the U.S. Senate over Nick Galifianakis, but with destructive effects nonetheless.

My “First Day of Change” Agenda

We’ve had too many people behaving unethically in North Carolina state government in recent years. It’s a shame and it’s disconcerting. And it makes the job of the state’s next governor much harder and much more important.

I am committed to changing the face of state government on day one of my term as Governor. That’s why I have made a “First Day of Change” pledge to issue a series of executive orders and directives immediately after being inaugurated.

Below is a list of the changes that will be made on Day One. I’d love to hear what you think and how else you think we can improve the ethics of state government.

He's an @$$hole. That's part of his appeal.

Char-O delivers a McCrory puff-piece today, no big surprise since they've already endorsed the guy.

A seven-term mayor, McCrory plays political ringmaster, and he enjoys it. And it shows. He literally backslaps, grabs the arm of the person whose hand he's shaking and leans in close to talk. He's a wisecracker who, standing in the back of a room during a speech, tells jokes in a stage whisper to the person next to him. His answers can be sketchy on details, but he also isn't afraid to say “I don't know.”

He also possesses an infamously short temper that has flared in private and public alike.
“He does lose it occasionally,” said McCrory's predecessor as mayor, Republican Richard Vinroot. “And sometimes that's not very becoming, and he would admit that. But that's part of his personality and, frankly, part of his appeal.”

There you go. The Charlotte Observer Republican mindset: Pat McCrory is an asshole. That's part of his appeal.

Dean Smith backs Obama



"Linnea and I respect all that Senator McCain has done for our country. However, we feel strongly that it is Barack Obama who offers the real leadership our nation needs to tap its potential as a land of opportunity — even as we face difficult times at home and abroad."

- bumped with picture, click to visit the webpage. Robert P.

Dole Campaign is out of Money

According to an article in the News & Observer, Elizabeth Dole is now personally financing her failing senate campaign despite having raised around $3 million this quarter.

Dole and her campaign declined to say how much she has pledged to her campaign, but the commitment came recently enough that it won't appear in campaign finance reports due this week.

There is nothing wrong with someone lending their campaign money, but Elizabeth Dole has always touted her ability to raise money. She started this campaign with a huge cash advantage over Kay Hagan and she has drained through that with three weeks left to go in the campaign. Three weeks in politics can be a lifetime.

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