Progress NC Action Statement on Ethics Complaint Dismissal
Progress NC Action released the following statement on Thursday in response to the State Ethics Commission's decision to end its investigation into Gov. Pat McCrory's pattern of omitting conflicts of interest on his state ethics forms:
"This decision makes a mockery of the state's ethics law and the Ethics Commission itself," said Progress NC Action executive director Gerrick Brenner. "Gov. McCrory's ethics forms are a minefield of omissions and contradictions, and it's incredible to think that the governor's errors were an innocent oversight. Any investigator who concludes Pat McCrory's ethical omissions were just a series of honest mistakes must also believe the moon is made of cheese. Thankfully for the public, there is a U.S. Attorney in Raleigh who has convened a grand jury which has issued subpoenas to investigate some of the governor's many conflicts of interest."
"Despite pledging to run an open and transparent administration, Gov. McCrory has refused to allow these Ethics Commission investigations to be open to the public," said Brenner. "If Governor McCrory believes he is truly vindicated and he has nothing to hide, he should release his written responses to the ethics complaints which were filed with the Ethics Commission and have not been made public.