Les Merritt needs to resign

North Carolina's Auditor needs to decide which job he prefers and resign from one of them. Merritt is the elected state Auditor and draws a full time salary of over $100,000 a year along with state benefits. He also remains involved in a personal venture as a retirement investment consultant.

Continuing with both jobs places him in a conflict of interest situation and he could be getting clients as a result of his state Auditor position.

Read the N&O editorial comment...

News and Observer
March 22, 2007
Editorial

Merritt in the moonlight

Les Merritt needs to resign. Oh, not from his elected post as state auditor, where he's been doing a good job watchdogging government. No, Merritt needs to bag his moonlighting as a retirement investment consultant, something he's been doing with his son, Dale.

First, the state auditor's position is full-time, paying over $100,000 a year, and Merritt should give it his undivided professional attention. Second, he should recognize the unseemliness of appearing to use his position as a high state official to attract private clients, whether he advertises in that fashion or not. Third, there is a potential for a conflict of interest if he ended up with a client who was a state employee. Read more...

Comments

I think

even if he doesnt resign he needs to not seek reelection. Its a pretty big mark against us when our auditor cant even identify a conflict of interest.

how can he keep track of everyone else if he doesnt have his ducks in a row?

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How much is that Dress on the political Rack?

North Carolina's Auditor needs to decide which job he prefers and resign from one of them. Merritt is the elected state Auditor and draws a full time salary of over $100,000 a year along with state benefits. He also remains involved in a personal venture as a retirement investment consultant.* N&O on transgender story

Merritt: Chris! Did you see this cheap shot story about me in the N&O today? What a bunch of democrat crap? I think I will audited their ass.

Bailey: Yes Boss! Who planted that story and Boss, you can't audited the paper. They are a private business like your consultanted business.

Merritt: Oh! Well I know how to get out of this one and make them a bunch of fools. Chris! You remember how I was listed on the ballot in the last election as Leslie Marritt and fool all of those dumb ass women that I was women.

Bailey: Sure do Boss! Brilliant and remember I try the same trick in the last election as Kris Bailey for Judge.

Merritt: Yeah and you would have won if you haven't put that stupid picture of you with that long hair pony tail on your campaign site.

Bailey: Ah Boss! I lost because I kept going to those campaign debates with that stupid dress and high heels on and the people kept saying I was the uglyest women in North Carolina running for office.

Merritt: Your're right Christina ! I am going resigned from the audit private business as Les and start dressing as a women for the State office with pink high heels. That should really confuse the media and the voters for good. Christina! Start wearing your dress back to work so nobody will think we are Republican transgender gay boys.