After the biggest crowds yet attended Moral Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory told Republicans at their convention in Charlotte that the protestors are mostly outsiders trying “to change the subject, and I’m not going to let them.” Apparently, he doesn’t want to be held accountable for his actions – or face the truth. WRAL just released a report saying that 98% of the 388 protestors arrested as of June 11 are from North Carolina.
Speaking of outsiders, maybe Gov. McCrory has forgotten about the on-going investigation surrounding the single biggest donor to state legislators in the 2012 election – an Oklahoma sweepstakes poker entrepreneur named Chase Burns who funneled most of his $235,000+ in donations through the lobbyists at the law firm where McCrory worked. Or maybe McCrory should be reminded that his own election campaigns in 2008 and 2012 were supported with an astonishing $10.4 million in North Carolina media buys and other campaign spending by the “outsider” Republican Governors Association.
Then there’s the controversy involving out-of-state donors giving thousands of dollars to legislators while trying to siphon funds from the public school system into private academies that are held to lower standards. Fortunately, Moral Mondays will press on because even though money talks, voters still deserve to be heard.