For McCrory, money does grow on a Tree

Ethical questions just keep piling up:

In the months after receiving his $171,071 payout of stock from Tree.com, McCrory appointed the state's banking director and a majority of the banking commissioners who regulate mortgage brokers. Some of Tree.com's payments to McCrory and Sanford weren't publicly disclosed until May 2014, when the company filed its 2013 year-end proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

McCrory declined requests for an interview. In a written statement, McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said the governor fully complied with state law and "continues to uphold high ethical standards."

From taking money from out-of-state gambling concerns to insider stock trading, McCrory's ethical lapses have become so numerous they can no longer be attributed to ignorance or incompetence. It's time for a special prosecutor to open an investigation, just like George Holding did when Mike Easley was called to the carpet.

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This can't be true

McCrory promised he would have the most ethical administration in North Carolina history. This must be a lie.

Or a media "distortion" of the facts

I'm sure their spin machine is operating in the red to solve this one, just as I'm sure not a damn thing will happen from it.

This is at least the second time

that Pat cashed in with some hefty money, then lied about it on government ethics forms (remember the Duke stock coverup).

Why isn't the state ethics board taking action? Why is the attorney general not investigating with the aim of criminal prosecution?

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"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

Just when you thought Pat could sink no lower

he sinks lower into his snake rut.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign on Wednesday asked for donations to “fight back” against an Associated Press article that highlighted a six-figure stock payout he received from an online mortgage broker accused of deception.

“We need your help,” the fundraising email begins. “The media is at it again. This time it’s the Associated Press. Yesterday they released a story attacking the governor with false claims and innuendo made by anonymous people with no regard to the facts.”

Of course that's a lie (the people weren't anonymous at all; the claims were true and the reporting was factual). But then, saying Pay lies is redundant.

But turning his ethical lapse, and possible criminal behavior, into begging for campaign cash is reprehensible. But then, saying Pat does sleazy, reprehensible things is redundant.

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"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