The Pope Administration Takes Shape

Governor-Elect McCrory Names Art Pope as Deputy Budget Director

The Pope Administration Takes Shape

Governor-Elect McCrory Names Art Pope as Deputy Budget Director


RALEIGH, NC – Today, Governor-Elect “Puppet” Pat McCrory announced the appointment of retail executive Art Pope to the position of Deputy Budget Director.  Pope, President of the John Locke Foundation, main benefactor of the Civitas Institute, and leader of Americans for Prosperity, has been an activist and high-dollar donor for North Carolina’s extreme right-wing for over 20 years.  His former employees controlled McCrory’s campaign and transition team, and now the puppet-master himself has been given the key’s to North Carolina’s budget.

 

Clay Pittman, North Carolina Democratic Party Spokesman, issued the following statement:

 “We’d like to be shocked. It should be a surprise that Art Pope, the ringleader of North Carolina’s right wing, has been appointed Deputy Budget Director.  It should be unexpected to see that Governor-Elect McCrory, once a moderate, progressive mayor, has cast his lot with the far-right.  However, over the course of the 2012 campaign, and in this transition period, Pat McCrory has shown his true colors.  It appears that a full-scale Pay-to-Play system has taken hold of the executive branch, where special interests, high-dollar donors, and the leaders of the right wing will have control of the Governor’s Mansion.  This is a disappointment, but far from surprising.”

 

 

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