McCrory's meltdown

Pat McCrory really doesn't like anyone shattering his delusions. Where Pat lives, in Alternate Realityville, he is always right, he has high ethical standards and everyone loves him.

When the Associated Press pointed out that Pat got a nice payoff from the Lending Tree folks, and that he hadn't actually earned that payoff according to the standard rules, and that the didn't fully report the payoff on his ethics forms, and that he didn't actually resign fro the Lending Tree board until after he became governor, and that there were several irregularities associated with this transaction; and then reminded readers that all this was reminiscent of Pat's previous highly questionable behavior surrounding his Duke Energy stock holdings, Pat melted down. [And not just because attempts to describe all of Pat's vagaries result in an extreme run-on sentence :-) ].

The day after a wire service reported that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory received a six-figure stock payout from an online mortgage broker that is regulated by the state, the governor’s emphatic reaction to the story nearly eclipsed the news itself.

This wasn't your regular old politician's complaint about press coverage. It kind of started that way:

McCrory spent Wednesday denouncing the article, which documented his receipt of early vested restricted stock from Tree.com when he left the company’s board of directors soon after taking office in early 2013. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that McCrory didn’t disclose on state ethics reports the full extent of payments from the company, the Charlotte-based corporate parent of the website LendingTree.

But thin-skinned Pat didn't leave it there. No, he scrambled his taxpayer-paid staff to create a comprehensive (meaning disingenuous) rebuttal.

To further underline their objections, McCrory’s office released a statement from the governor on Wednesday afternoon taking a more aggressive stance:

“The story is misleading, riddled with factual errors and flat out misrepresentations, and is a disservice to the public,” McCrory said. “It was written with malice and the intent to do harm without any factual consideration given.”

Having thoroughly rebutted the AP story to his own satisfaction, Guvnor Pat then declared victory and moved on to work on solving the many problems in our state. HAHAHAHAHA -- if you believe that, you surely don't know DAG McCrony. No, Pat decided that the most important thing that his taxpayer-paid staff could do was to create their own attack piece.

On Wednesday evening, the governor’s staff escalated further by distributing a 34-page assault on The Associated Press’ coverage of how the McCrory administration has handled the threat of coal ash pollution over the past 10 months.

Yeah, you read that right -- thirty-four pages. That's what you get if you point out that the emperor has no clothes. Because where Pat lives, in Alternate Realityville, he is decked out in the finest gold garb, which is a testament to his high ethical standards and the unconditional love he enjoys from everyone.

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Meltdown

We need to stay on top of this relentlessly until the story is permanently etched in the public mind.

I'll volunteer

to track this one and try to keep it top of mind.

Could be a lot of work, but would it be OK if I enjoyed it? Just a little?

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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

Maybe it's just the AP

The AP has an excellent journalistic reputation, but maybe the reporter just slipped up. I mean, it's not like other reputable journalists have also pointed out any of Pat's shortcomings, right?

McCrory has been quick to strike back against what he sees as unfair news media coverage. Earlier this month he went on TV and radio to criticize a “60 Minutes” segment on coal ash as “deceptive.” In August, the governor criticized a story in The News & Observer about his failure to disclose his ownership of Duke Energy stock as “malpractice.”

Hey Pat -- maybe you and Taylor Swift both ought to consider the possibility that maybe, just maybe, it's not them; it's you.

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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

Taylor Swift-boated

Thanks or the chuckle, Posmo. McCrory's ill-advised war against the media is going to cost him dearly. Even his base will see that for what it is, a desperate attempt to dodge the ethical issues piling up on him.

Whew!

Thanks scharrison. I was really worried about what circle of hell I would be banished to for that awful run-on sentence.

Thanks heavens there are always bigger sinners in town. I knew Pat had a purpose!

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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