Racism & cronyism, Duplin style

Sometimes the illegal cronyism is so blatant that even Kim Strach has to call foul.

In an unusual move, the executive director of the State Board of Elections is refusing to confirm the appointment of a new director at the Duplin County Board of Elections, citing concerns over the way the candidate was chosen by the local board, which includes two Republicans and a Democrat.

The Duplin County board appointed a pickle factory worker with no elections oversight experience and argued to the SBOE that he was the most qualified individual. So Kim asked for the documentation demonstrating that he was the most qualified individual. The Duplin County board declined to provide that documentation.

Before denying the appointment, Strach had requested from the Duplin board all job applications submitted by candidates interviewed for the position in late June, a list of the questions asked of the candidates, all notes and scoring sheets prepared by Duplin board members and any “additional items that support your position that Mr. Hudson was the most qualified candidate from among the pool of applicants considered for the position...”

Walker responded to Strach that he was advised that those documents are “protective,” and shouldn’t be disclosed to anyone.

Applicants apparently included at least two people who already work in the county elections board -- the interim director and interim deputy director -- with many years of experience who apparently are well qualified.

Both of those elections workers are African-American females. The pickle factory worker with no elections experience who was appointed is a white male.

According to articles in the Duplin Times, some had suggested that race played a factor in the decision, as two current county elections workers with 10 and 14 years of experience at the Duplin board weren’t chosen. Both the interim director and the interim deputy director are African-American females, according to the paper. Hudson is white.

Kim Strach did the right thing. The Duplin County Board of Elections needs to be replaced too.

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Rushing to the board's defense

is local NC representative Jimmy Dixon. This wing nut writes how unfortunate it is that racism was injected into this discussion, and how the Republicans on the local board were looking for someone new, instead of someone qualified.

In a commentary for the paper, headlined, “Everyone has been hurt by racial tone of elections board director search,” Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, wrote that he was dismayed that the issue of race has been brought into the director search.

He said the Republican-controlled board wanted to seek outside applications for the job, instead of immediately hiring one of the current employees.

Say, Jimmy, you might want to find yourself some new friends.

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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

Vocabluary, Duplin style

Walker responded to Strach that he was advised that those documents are “protective,”

Really? The documents about employment applications and evaluations can help keep you safe? What, do you fold them up and wear them like a tinfoil hat?

Perhaps Mr. Walker meant "protected". Regardless, it's a silly argument. Ms. Strach wasn't asking him to make the documents public, just to furnish them to her so that she could verify the claims Mr. Walker had made. And given Mr. Walker's enthusiastic claims, you'd think he would be eager to provide supporting evidence.

Unless perhaps he really DID mean "protective", in the sense of the World English Dictionary's meaning #4:

4. a condom

Which he might want to...well, you know...

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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

Perhaps Mr. Walker

will say anything to cover his dirty tracks?

Protectivity comes to mind.

Oppa Duplin style

I guess you're gonna need another elections director.

“May the Lord bless you in finding an individual who both you and the state consider deserving of this vital duty,” [Hudson, the pickle factory worker and almost elections director] wrote to Walker.

And then he did the pony dance.

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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