NC Auditor: Jordan Lake cronyism barely legal

The really stupid idea to ignore Jordan Lake's pollution sources and instead give more than a million dollars to a favored company to float some vacuums in the lake was deemed legal by NC Auditor Beth Wood.

The only reason it's legal is because the NCGA did it, and they've exempted themselves from the law that applies to everyone else.

N.C. Senate leaders' approach to a controversial Jordan Lake cleanup project would have been illegal for almost any other unit of state government, according to a letter written by State Auditor Beth Wood.

And in case there was any doubt that the fix was in:

Email records show the North Dakota company [Medora Corp.] worked with Senate leader Phil Berger's office and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to secure the contract months ahead of the public bidding process.

That is precisely the sort of corruption and sleaze that laws are supposed to prevent. But Phil is exempt from those laws. And Phil being Phil, he of course issued a snotty, immature, irrelevant, vitriolic attack on the legislators (one a Republican) who asked the auditor to look into this matter:

"While we are sure Rep. McGrady, Rep. Glazier and other agents of fringe environmental groups that oppose economic growth and development in the Piedmont and Triad did not get what they hoped for from Auditor Wood, we appreciate her informal assessment, " Berger spokeswoman Amy Auth wrote in an email.

So sayeth the fringe, your elected Speaker pro sleaze tem.

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Fringe

seems to be a favorite word used in statements issued by the GOP fringe.

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