There are a lot of Republicans in North Carolina scratching their heads over Pat McCrory’s governorship thus far.
The most recent example is Governor McCrory suing the legislature over their ability to appoint independent boards and commissions.
Senator Jerry Tillman didn’t go as far as to call it a stunt in his newsletter, but it was close. Here’s the relevant excerpt, emphasis added at the bottom is mine:
Governor Sues Legislature
Governor McCrory along with former Governors, Jim Martin and Jim Hunt filed a lawsuit recently to overturn the Legislature’s appointing power of independent commissions and independent boards.
Legislative leaders and our counsel have repeatedly argued the Governors’ lawsuit is flawed, both from a historical as well as a policy perspective.
For more than 100 years, the state legislature has made appointments to many boards and commissions. The Constitution provides the authority and the courts have affirmed it over the years. If the Governor had strong feelings about any bills in question, his option was to veto them. He did not do this. If you understand the logic behind the Governor’s thinking, let me know. It costs a whole lot more to defend lawsuits and to prosecute them than vetoing them. A whole lot of time and money will be spent by both sides in this lawsuit.
The General Assembly’s right to appoint members to independent boards which are beholden to no single appointing authority and right to provide independent oversight is nothing new and has long been upheld by our state’s Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the Governor’s costly and time-consuming lawsuit to ensure he picks the majority of regulatory board members ignores history and sidetracks their important work.
Governor, I believe there’s a better way to work with the House and the Senate. We’ll see…
Apparently, appointments and commissions are alright for the Governor, but not for the legislature. Make sure you point this out when and if you ever apply for a board or commission on the Governor’s own website.
Just to drive the hypocrisy of this lawsuit home, in November alone, Governor McCrory has made appointments to 8 separate commissions and one judicial appointment.
November Commission appointments:
My 2 cents
While the governor has done great things for business in the state, he’s got folks wondering if he plans to run as a Democrat next cycle given all the fights he’s picked, bad appointments he’s made, his bad adviser choices and his love of the toxic Common Core.
2016, so far, is looking like Cooper’s to take.