RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper, when he was candidate Cooper, liked to criticize former governor Pat McCrory for what he deemed poor responses to coal ash spills that were supposedly poisoning the Dan River. It was all part of the Left’s narrative that the Republican former Duke Energy employee was beholden to corporate interests that eliminated any compassion for the good people of North Carolina affected by the accidents.
So how, then, does Gov. Cooper look at himself and his administration’s massive mishandling of disaster response funds stemming from a hurricane that ravaged Eastern North Carolina almost two years ago?
Apparently he gets by with scripted talking points and doing just enough to say he’s doing his job on the campaign trail.
“FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — Nearly two years later, some areas in the Cape Fear are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. That includes Fair Bluff, where many people are still hoping to get some help from the government.
Today Gov. Roy Cooper paid a visit to Fair Bluff to see how things are progressing. He said he feels for the people of Fair Bluff, and he understands why they are upset for waiting nearly two years to get some more help.
“I’ve told every one of my cabinet agencies on down that hurricane recovery is the priority for North Carolina and I’m here to make sure that things are working,” Cooper said.”
Hurricane recovery is THE priority for the Cooper administration? Hundreds of millions in grant funds from the federal government are still held up in a byzantine bureaucracy that Cooper, after being implored by multiple groups, can’t seem to break loose.
But Cooper is spending time and resources suing the legislature in order to prevent the people from voting on constitutional amendments the fall.
He is from Eastern North Carolina, and according to this report, can;t even bring himself to look those people in the eye.
“However, Mayor Billy Hammond says he doesn’t understand why the governor won’t come and talk to the ordinary citizens living in Fair Bluff.
“It would be a plus in his column for him to come to our town and have a what you might call a town hall day and answer some questions for the people and help get them satisfied,” Hammond said.
When asked about this, Gov. Cooper said it’s better to have an expert in the community to answer any questions the people may have.
When asked about how much longer it would take for money to come to Columbus County, the governor said that the people deserved relief as soon as possible, but he would not provide a timeline.”
So much for the compassionate Democrat that thrives on making Big Government promises to help victims. Here we have real victims of a natural disaster, a disaster relief system in place that is working smoothly in neighboring states, and Cooper’s administration can’t shoot straight.