Sen. Eddie Goodall tries to earn his keep:
But in January, Goodall became president of the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which wants to increase the number of charter schools allowed in the state, among other goals.
Goodall raised eyebrows in the Senate chamber Thursday when he tried to run an amendment to an education and jobs bill that would lift the cap. Goodall’s proposals were shot down.
It should have raised a lot more than eyebrows. It should have triggered an ethics probe.
And his explanation? Even if I weren't being paid, I would have done this anyway:
“What I’m doing is legislating what I would have been doing anyway,” Goodall said. “The presumption is since I’m employed by somebody else, I’m doing something different.”
No, the assumption is, you're being paid by a (non-government) group to work on expanding charter schools in the state, and you're using your (government) position to further that goal. Ergo, a conflict of interest. It ain't rocket science pal, but apparently it's still over your head.
Goodall declined to say how much he is paid.
Um, I'm pretty sure that information is required of legislators in the General Assembly. You may have to FOIA to find out, but somebody needs to fill in this blank.