Archetypal McCrory: Appoint gynecologist to Oil & Gas Commission

Because knowing how many centimeters a well has dilated is important:

This is the same Randall Williams who was a central figure in crafting the language in the “do drink” letters to well owners whose water might have been contaminated by coal ash from Duke Energy. Those letters, which rescinded previous “do not drink” advisories, downplayed the health risks of hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

This is the same Randall Williams who, along with Tom Reeder, assistant secretary for the environment, signed an editorial lambasting state toxicologist Ken Rudo, alleging that he lied under oath about how the language was settled on, including the governor’s involvement.

We can also describe this phenomenon as "Rats in a lifeboat." Strategically shuffling loyal sycophants into other jobs, so they won't get fired and can continue with a voter-rejected agenda. And on the outrageously unethical front:

McCrory also appointed Wake County attorney Stanford D. Baird, who has legal expertise in fracking, to the oil and gas commission.

Baird is a partner in the Raleigh office of K&L Gates , where he environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including real estate. His representative work, according to the K&L website, includes defending a legal challenge to a cement manufacturer’s air permit and representing a “global manufacturer in water pollution enforcement action by federal, state, and local authorities.”

Baird also has a secondary interest in renewable energy, but most of his work — and the firm’s environmental focus –is defending companies and polluters, and advising their clients when named in citizen lawsuits.

Apparently Republicans have modified the term "conflict of interest" and kept only the word "interest" as a gauge or worthiness. Sheesh.

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