Pat gets out the red pen

Guvnor McCraven, continuing his unsuccessful attempts to appear relevant, decided it was time to veto something again.

Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a bill tweaking the state's unemployment insurance law and the commission that makes final benefit decisions in appeals.

McCrory said in a statement Tuesday that he was unhappy with the legislature's changes to a three-member Board of Review, which he has the power to appoint.

As with his previous two vetoes from last session, Pouting Pat chose a relatively obscure bill that has broad support, and gave a really petty, nitpicking reason for vetoing it. Pat is upset because he appointed some of his cronies and now Tillisberger wants to boot those folks off the commission and have approval rights for future appointments.

As usual, the Blount Street House of Incompetence is squabbling with the Jones Street House of Pain over political power. And as usual, what's lost in their petty politics is any concern for the people they're supposed to represent -- in this case, unemployed North Carolinians, who remain screwed -- the law in question just slightly adjusts the degree.

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Did Pat make his usual hypocritical statement?

Of course he did!

Legislators and the McCrory administration have been feuding for months over the board, which reviews decisions the agency makes about the awarding of unemployment benefits.

In its unemployment reform bill last year, the legislature directed McCrory to appoint the board. But the appointments were months late.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell, who heads the Division of Employment Security, told an oversight committee early this year he didn't think the board was necessary.

That's right, Pat said this board was unnecessary and dragged his feet in appointing its members. He didn't want the board and he didn't want to appoint people to it. Now he's suddenly decided that the board is critical and it's crucial that he appoint its members.

The override vote will be overwhelming.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

This explains it

Another report about Pat's veto includes the detail that explains why Pat has his tightie whities in a knot:

The bill, passed by lawmakers over McCrory’s objections, called for ending the governor’s sole authority to appoint the three members of the Board of Review, who are paid $120,000 a year.

Pay to Play Pat arranged for taxpayer-financed payoffs for his cronies, and now Tillisberger want some of this action. That cuts into Pat's "customer service".

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Guvnor Pat gives Tillisberger a good laugh -- the sequel

Here's what Pat thinks happens next:

“I look forward to working with House and Senate leaders,” McCrory added, “to help craft a new bill which addresses our concerns while also improving employment policies.”

Those of use who don't share Pat's delusions nor his home address in Alternate Realityville know what really happens next:

Tillisberger issues press releases dissing the governor and making it clear they have no intention of changing the bill, then overrides his veto so fast that Pat doesn't even have time to utter, "Steppin' on toes".

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Perfectly Pat

This shows that the only time he has any opinion about anything is when his personal privilege (i.e., this ability to install cronies in appointed positions) is threatened. What a jerk.

Pat doesn't get out his red pen

On the contrary, Pat McCrory is nothing but Art Pope's little signature bird. Duane Powell at the N&O tells the tale.