Leslie Merritt Responds

Somebody call a Waaaahmbulance. Leslie Merritt has taken offense to the CharO's Sept. 8, call for him to simply do his job. From the editorial:

Performing work -- even unpaid work -- for a commercial enterprise while supposedly serving the public full time presents a conflict of interests. The public has a right to expect that Auditor Merritt will work for it and not share his talents with a for-profit commercial enterprise. And Auditor Merritt's office has responsibility for auditing state agencies as well -- including the State Banking Commission, which oversees state banks.

Based on his reply it seems Merritt thinks it's okie dokie to profit from his elected position. He also seems to think that hobnobbing with other directors on an advisory board of a bank is the same as rubbing elbows with us commoners.

Merritt's letter appears in the regular LTE section of today's Observer.

I work day and night to perform my duties as state auditor. That includes ensuring I am in touch with people whose lives are affected by state government.

Volunteering as an unpaid member of a bank's community advisory board in my hometown of Zebulon is one way I remain connected to real people.

Volunteering ONLY after he was called to task by Joe Sinsheimer.

Working day and night? That wouldn't be necessary if he wasn't working all those side jobs trying to profit from his elected position.

Jerimee has been on top of Leslie Merritt's side jobs for a while....just in case you need a refresher.


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Very funny . . . but that new avatar is skeeeeeeryy

CharO got this one right

Their editorial was square on the money. You can be in touch with people without lending the weight of your office to the management team of a private company.

I wish I could be "in touch" with people

like he is, for profit. I guess I've been doing it all wrong these last 25 years. I thought being in touch with people was making phone calls, writing emails, chatting it up at meetings. What a fool I am!
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"in touch"

Is that what the kids are calling it these days? :-D

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