ICYMI: More McCronyism with your tax dollars

Guvnor McCrooked continues to demonstrate the behavior of a little kid who gleefully finds a way to break the rules. This time it's using our tax dollars that are meant to improve our roads to pay a few of his inner-circle suits.

Thomas Cheek of the budget office was asked to explain why McCrory is using transportation dollars to pay the full salaries for two staff positions and about 35 percent of the salaries for four other staffers.

“The thinking is that those positions help the governor’s staff with DOT issues, so that’s the rationale,” Cheek explained.

Fair enough. Maybe these guys are out paving the roads, or at least holding up those "SLOW" signs when one lane is closed.

“They are not working in a DOT capacity,” Meredith said. “They are not supporting DOT efforts or improving our highway system in any way. So those positions need to be funded through the general government budget.”

DOT money pays the full salaries of Jonathan Harris, McCrory’s assistant legal counsel, and a vacant communications specialist position. And DOT funds pay about 35 percent of the salaries for Ryan Tronovitch, deputy communications director; Dion Terry, policy analyst; Phillip Christofferson, boards and commissions specialist; and former state Rep. Fred Steen, the governor’s chief lobbyist.

Guvnor McClueless is probably still wondering why anyone could take issue with his stealing highway funds to pay his lawyer, his mouthpieces and his lobbyist. Go figure.

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Thomas Cheek

is an ideal name for someone who has to be Guvnor McCorncob's spokesman. His middle name must be "Tongue In". Because anyone who would say:

“The thinking is that those positions help the governor’s staff with DOT issues, so that’s the rationale,” Cheek explained.

would have to say it tongue-in-cheek.

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