Source: CBC Editorial
“When voters give politicians the opportunity for public service they expect, quite reasonably, those individuals to act for the public good,” the CBC editorial begins. But a number of North Carolina Republicans in the past year have abdicated the duty they were elected or appointed to serve.
Senate Leader Phil Berger has used campaign money to pay rent on a home in Raleigh, something the Legislative Ethics Committee called “unethical” after the fact.
“It is past time that North Carolina move away from the notion that government service was an opportunity, with access to insider information, to exploit it for personal and partisan gain,” the editorial adds.
One of the top Republicans in the North Carolina House just pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a bank and failing to file a federal tax return. That news was just a day after the sentencing of Robin Hayes, a former congressman and chairman of the Repulican Party in North Carolina.
“While Hayes, one of the state’s most prominent public officials and a state GOP chair, was indicted on several serious corruption charges he agreed to help investigators and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Last week he was sentenced to probation and apologized for his actions. Meanwhile Durham billionaire Greg Lindberg, the primary perpetrator of a scheme to bribe State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, received more than seven years in prison,” the editorial continues.
Lindberg is the biggest single donor of Dan Forest’s gubernatorial campaign, pouring millions into committees backing Forest’s run.