NC GOP uses attacks on Roy Cooper to distract from its failures

Filing a baseless complaint about campaign finance violations:

The North Carolina Republican Party is questioning the legality of a fundraiser Gov. Roy Cooper held at a trial lawyers’ convention several weeks ago, a complaint that the governor’s campaign promptly denounced as “baseless.”

GOP Chairman Robin Hayes asked state election officials Wednesday to investigate Cooper’s mid-June event, which took place at a Sunset Beach resort where the North Carolina Advocates for Justice was holding its annual meetings.

No doubt this is in response to recent stories detailing the tons of money GOP Legislators have raked in during the 2017 Session, and/or the $50,000+ BergerMoore raked in from beer wholesalers to stifle the craft beer folks. Always with these guys, if they take an aggressive position on something, it's because they're trying to cover up their own transgressions in that area. Which is exactly what they're doing with the GENX controversy. When the Cooper administration called for additional funding to deal with the crisis, the facts surrounding the General Assembly's drastic and reckless cuts of those agencies since 2013 came to light. And knowing the public would hold them partially responsible for the crisis because of those cuts, Republicans dashed off a letter disguised as a "fact-finding" probe, when in reality, it's geared towards justifying their previous irresponsible behavior:

Senate Republicans pondering Gov. Roy Cooper's GenX funding request want to hear first just what Cooper's administration knew, and when it knew it, on to chemical releases in the Cape Fear River.

In a letter released shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, seven senators asked a series of questions, including whether subpoenas have been served on the Governor's Office or other state agencies in addition to the one known federal subpoena investigators sent to the state Department of Environmental Quality last month.

Okay, that's just a blatant fishing expedition, but it's also the creation of a false narrative, that the Cooper administration was somehow "negligent" or even possibly colluded with Chemours in the water contamination. These are the same guys who cut DENR/DEQ staff by over 40%, and they're looking for a fall-guy to take the heat for that. But they're also looking for reasons to deny the additional funding requested, which demonstrates they still haven't learned the lesson yet:

They also questioned the need for a new science advisory board to review the situation, given the "accomplished and well-respected toxicologists" already working for the state. And they asked for an explanation for the department's revision of safe GenX levels from 70,909 parts per trillion in June down to 140 parts per trillion a month later.

"Are there scientific studies or reports that support this change?" they asked. "Please identify those reports."

Lawmakers didn't pose similar questions about actions and conflicting stances former Gov. Pat McCrory's administration took with regard to contamination of drinking wells near coal ash ponds.

As is often the case, the questions you ask reveal a lot more about you than the issue at hand. And what these questions reveal is a body of lawmakers trying to cover their asses and shift the blame to somebody else.

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