Even Less Merit

It's a common practice for state officials to use the privileges of their offices to promote themselves and their ambitions. We've seen plenty of it on both sides of the aisle over the past couple of years, but that doesn't make it right. Yet no matter how much of that shady behavior you've witnessed in the past, there's something about the way Less Merit does it that will rankle even the most cynical soul.

The Dome has the story, which broke as a result of Leslie launching a new website to tell North Carolina citizens that he's (cough, cough) doing his job of tracking down fraud, waste and abuse.

The problem with Leslie's approach is that it doesn't even begin to pass the smell test of having an arm's length distance from his political ambitions. Specifically, the new site includes a freakin' BIOGRAPHY of the two-faced watchdog himself - and it reads like a campaign commercial with an open HTML tag!

Les, a native and lifelong resident of North Carolina, was born & raised on a farm in rural Sampson County. He went on to attend North Carolina State University, earning degrees in both Economics and Accounting. Les is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Prior to being elected State Auditor, he served as president of Merritt, Petway, Mills & Hockaday, an accounting and auditing firm with offices in Zebulon and Raleigh.

Les and his wife, Cheryl, live in the Town of Zebulon in eastern Wake County. He has served as president of the Zebulon Elementary School PTA, the Zebulon Rotary Club and the Zebulon Lions Club and as a director with the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce. Les and Cheryl Merritt are members of Zebulon Baptist Church and have two adult children, Dale and Brooke.

Who, pray tell, gives a damn whether Leslie has kids, where he lives, and what he did before he started to ruin the reputation of his office. It's bad enough that this sort of bullshit is acceptable practice anywhere in government, but it's doubly bad when the offending party is the state auditor.

I hope you'll go to Leslie's new tip-line and report the fraud, waste and abuse of the Office of the State Auditor's gross abrogation of its responsibility as a steward of taxpayer dollars.

I can't wait to watch all the Replicants coming to his defense.

PS When you fill out the form, be sure to note that the jerk doesn't even list the Auditor's office among those about which citizens might be reporting problems.


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Spending tax payer dollars

to surf the interTubes? Hmmmm. I'll betcha Leslie would have that task listed right there in his job de-scription.


"If boiling people alive best served the interests of the American people, then it would neither be moral or immoral." Max Borders, Civitas Institute

I belong to everything as a man of the people! Says Les

it reads like a campaign commercial with an open HTML tag!* A

Did it say anything about him being on the board of the Zebulon International Bank of Blackwater and him being the North Carolina Chair to relect George Bush in 08?

2007 - 2003

Feb 2006

Merritt is a sorrier sack than even I thought.

But I can see his point. This stuff has nooooothinnnnng to do with his campaign efforts. /snark

Thanks for the good research, Greg. Have you filed your complaint yet? The number and nature of complaints will be public record.


"If boiling people alive best served the interests of the American people, then it would neither be moral or immoral." Max Borders, Civitas Institute

The more I think about this, the madder I get

Please go over to the Doom and voice your opinions on Less Merit's abuse of his office. This is a big old softball right over the center of the plate - your personal tax dollars being spent to help Merritt get re-elected.

It's time to raise holy hell. As loudly as possible.


"If boiling people alive best served the interests of the American people, then it would neither be moral or immoral." Max Borders, Civitas Institute

Who let the dogs out?

The following domain names all resolve to the lesmerritt.com campaign website.

lesliemerritt.net
lesliemerritt.com
lesliemerritt.org
lesmerit.net
lesmerit.com
lesmerit.org
lesmerritt.org
lessmerit.net
lessmerit.com
lessmerit.org
lessmerritt.net
lessmerritt.com
lessmerritt.org
auditorlesmerritt.net
auditorlesmerritt.com
auditorlesmerritt.org
auditormerritt.net
auditormerritt.com
auditormerritt.org
nctaxwatchdog.net
nctaxwatchdog.com
nctaxwatchdog.org
taxpayerswatchdog.net
taxwatchdog.net
thetaxpayerswatchdog.net
thetaxpayerswatchdog.org

The following domain names are associated with the servers for the previously listed domain names but do not resolve.

nctaxpayerswatchdog.net
lesmerritt.net

[Update: one more .org added and list rearranged]

Doesn't it make you want to make up your own domains?

lessdogsmoremerit.com

taxpayingdogs.com

watchingthedogsplay.com

Oh, godaddy, you've got a million of them, don't you?


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Who let the dogs eat Les's keyboard?

It appears that Nathan Tabor the political domain wiz of the luntic republican party is leading the charge for Leslie with his transgender cross references to suck in those Republican perverts.

One can assume that these might be coming in the future for good ole Les from Nathan.

lessmerrittpoliticalporn.com
Lesgonewildvideo.com
LesdoesDallasNC.com
LesgoestoCarolinaBeach.net
LeslieatGoldenStrip.com
LeseatsatHooters.com

yes he is using his office and he will have to admit it

The fact that Merritt has purchased a number of URLs that direct to his campaign website that have similar names to the taxpayer website means that without a doubt Merritt is seeking to maximize his personal gain from the public expenditure he initiated. He cannot claim otherwise without lying.

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Learn More about Mr. Leslie Merritt, Toady Extraordinaire
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Fantastic work, Jerimee!

Less Merit is truly odious. And even more remarkable is the flocking of "see-no-evil" Replicants running to his defense.


"If boiling people alive best served the interests of the American people, then it would neither be moral or immoral." Max Borders, Civitas Institute

Jerimee

That is awesome. I love it!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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