John Skvarla

Tale of two Skvarlas: A great opportunity becomes nothing important

He's not the sharpest tool in the shed:

“It hasn’t moved the needle one iota,” Skvarla told the Observer Monday during a visit to Charter Communications’ training center in Matthews. “PayPal wasn’t even a grain of sand on the beach,” he said. “It was 400 call center jobs over five years. Much too much is being made of PayPal.”

When the state announced PayPal was coming to Charlotte in March, however, the commerce department painted the move as a big win for the state. “North Carolina’s technology-savvy workforce will provide the perfect fuel for PayPal’s continued growth,” Skvarla said in a news release at the time. “This company’s global reputation for innovation and customer service makes it a strong fit for our state’s business-friendly community.”

The laughable contradiction aside, you have to wonder what the Charter Communications folks were thinking when Skvarla started spewing this vindictive nonsense. Are we going to be next? Especially considering Charter is laying off 258 employees in Charlotte next month after its purchase of Time Warner Cable, those employees are likely a little sensitive about a state government leader scoffing about job losses. Which won't move Skvarla's logic needle one iota, since that gauge is apparently broken.

Peter Principle: Decker takes a hike, Skvarla continues slopping at the public trough

Oh my. Pat McCrory is tearful, tearful I tell you, now that Sharon Decker is leaving the Department of Commerce to spend more time doing her nails. Which makes room for John Skvarla to come to the rescue of the beleaguered department, just like he did at DENR. This would be the same John Skvarla who has made a career of exploiting government funding for personal gain.

Skvarla losing the Op-Ed battle over DENR-approved pollution

It's better to let someone think you're an idiot than clicking the "send" button and proving it:

The recent attack on The Fayetteville Observer's journalistic integrity by the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was unfounded. In a letter to the editor ("Coal-ash pond editorial challenged," Oct. 14), Secretary John Skvarla attempted to defend his agency's decision to allow pumping of contaminated water into North Carolina's rivers and lakes from Duke Energy's coal ash sites across the state without permits, controls and limits - or public disclosure and input.

Under Secretary Skvarla's leadership, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources touts customer service, and its actions indicate those customers served are the polluters, not the public. DENR and its secretary should instead direct their energies toward protecting our waters for the people and families of North Carolina.

Every time Skvarla tries to sell the public on the idea that he knows what he's doing, he just demonstrates more convincingly that he doesn't. I was going to say, "It's like struggling in quicksand." But it's more like seeing a patch of quicksand and just hopping in. Painfully stupid.

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