Rucho is telling who's paying for his boondoggle: you!

Bob Rucho is leading a delegation of legislators to Arkansas to observe how the people are totally fracked there.

Rucho said the taxpayer-funded trip includes Republicans and Democrats. The North Carolina delegation is expected to depart North Carolina at 1 p.m. Wednesday and attend meetings at the Downtown Marriot in Little Rock. The group will visit the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday and then travel Friday to Southwestern Energy’s operations in Conway.

Their host company is being sued for contaminating people's water in Pennsylvania. That company, of course, advised NC's fracking commission.

This is the third time state lawmakers have traveled to other states to look at fracking operations. In 2011, two legislative delegations that visited Pennsylvania drew objections from environmental groups for presenting one side of the fracking story.

Like those trips, no environmental organizations or anti-fracking groups are on the agenda in Arkansas. Rucho said the purpose of the trip is to “learn how the system works,” saying “we have enough environmental groups here.”

Well, Bob, I think you made it abundantly clear what the purpose of the trip is, and it sure as hell isn't fact finding. Which might be why you tried to keep it a secret:

Rucho noticed the committee’s visit less than 24-hours before the lawmakers plan to leave town. He said no public disclosure of the trip was required, but it was publicly noticed because a majority of the commission were planning to attend, making it possibly subject to the state’s open meetings law. “It isn’t a meeting. It’s just strictly a fact-finding trip,” he said.

No, Bob, it's not about finding facts, it's about finding more ways to rationalize your kowtowing to the fracking industry. If it were about finding facts, you would be meeting with all concerned parties, not just your corporate master. And yes, Bob, it's subject to the state's open meetings law.

What a royal waste of taxpayer dollars, Bob. Are you going to go home and tell the folks how you're against wasteful government spending?

Comments

Oh please, please

let some of those fracking-induced earthquakes occur while Bob & friends are in Arkansas.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Hubris

This sort of arrogant, "I'm not accountable to anyone" behavior is reprehensible. Unfortunately, it's very much the norm in the NC GOP and will remain so until they're voted out.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Whoomp, there it is!

Straight off Bob's campaign web site.

Establish a Taxpayer Protection Act to control wasteful government spending

Apparently that will have to wait until after Bob returns from another one of his taxpayer-funded boondoggles. Just like his promises to "improve education" and "make healthcare more affordable and accessible".

Bob's got a bad case of the hypocrisy that's going around the GOP.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Environmental groups "here"

are being ignored on this issue because we don't have fracking here yet, so all of the concerns they bring up are "hypothetical" and not based on real damage they can show you.

Rucho might think he's being clever with that dodge, but it just shows he doesn't want to be shown the negative side of fracking.