The Morgan Effect: Lanier's strange bedfellows

Elephants do have long memories:

"I've always known Lanier to be a very forthright, ethical person, and I am mystified at this argument," said House Republican Leader Paul Stam of Apex. "I don't see what Lanier allegedly has done, other than serve the public."

Other Republican leaders, including GOP benefactor Art Pope, lashed out at Morgan on Friday, saying he is not trying to clean up government but to keep money flowing to himself and his wife...Pope and other Republicans say they think Morgan filed the ethics complaint against Cansler to try to preserve the cash flow that Morgan and those around him get from the home and hospice care industry.

Is it just me, or does it seem like Art Pope is getting restless being a behind-the-scenes manipulator (to the best of my knowledge), and (now) wants to be openly credited for being a Republican Party elite?

Here's some more Morgan-bashing:

"Richard has always been vindictive," said Rep. Leo Daughtry, a Johnston County Republican who would have been speaker if not for Morgan and his allies. Cansler was a Daughtry ally when he was in the legislature.

Ouch.

"Pay-to-play was the rule when (Morgan) was a co-Speaker of the House," Blust wrote in an e-mail. "Who is Morgan to question the ethics of anyone else?"

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God Fearing Art Pope Politics?

"Pay-to-play was the rule when (Morgan) was a co-Speaker of the House," Blust wrote in an e-mail. "Who is Morgan to question the ethics of anyone else?"* N&O get even Art Pope Story

It's like Satan being in Heaven with Jesus until a vast misunderstanding broke out over who would be advising God in a Republican Paradise.