Art Pope's Civitas criticizes McCrory ... then doesn't

NC Policy Watch is reporting that Art Pope's Civitas posted two pieces strongly critical of Gov. Pat McCrory, but has pulled them.

One criticized McCrory on his veto of the drug testing for those receiving public assistance.

Then last Tuesday, Pope-Civitas director Francis DeLuca authored a lengthy article in which he attacked McCrory for speaking at an event that also featured speakers from the Institute for Minority Economic Development (a group DeLuca derided for having worked with Rev. William Barber’s Historic Thousands of Jones Street Coalition). The article even highlighted the fact that Yolanda Stith, wife of McCrory chief of staff Thomas Stith, is a lobbyist on behalf of one of the conveners of the event.

Today, both articles appear to have all but vanished from the Pope-Civitas websites.

Policy Watch asks:

So, what to make of all this? Did Civitas have a change of heart? Did the group get a memo from You-Know-Who telling them to cool it?

Or was it door number three: Did You-Know-Who get Civitas to post the pieces to remind Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory that he should shape up, get his act together and remember who is really in charge?

Update: The News and Observer has picked up on the story in the Under the Dome blog. See "Civitas deletes story questioning cronyism in McCrory administration.


We're so sorry, Mr. Pope

It won't happen again.

Fran and Pat will dutifully resume kissing the Pope's ass ring.

"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