RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper launched his reelection campaign to remain Governor of North Carolina in New York City. It sounds unbelievably tone deaf, but it’s true. It wasn’t Cooper’s first trip to the Big Apple to meet with big donors and pander to the Left, and it likely won’t be his last. But just who is paying for these out of state trips and what else is the governor doing while he’s there?
That’s what a reliably sleuthy WBTV reporter is trying to sniff out, but the Cooper administration has thus far refused to provide travel records commensurate to that the McCrory administration coughed up under similar records requests. Actually, they’re not offering records at all.
From WBTV (emphasis added):
“[…] For months, WBTV has been attempting to investigate the means by which Cooper traveled to New York City on two occasions in January and June.
But the station’s investigation has been thwarted by an insistence from the North Carolina Highway Patrol that it does not keep records related to Cooper’s travel out of state and the refusal by Cooper and his staff to answer any questions about his travel.
As a result, there is no way to know the details of who is paying for Cooper’s out of state travel, where he is going or who he is meeting with, even when those trips involve state personnel paid with public tax dollars.
The NCSHP’s assertions regarding its records is contradicted by previous record keeping practices during previous governors’ administrations and by the agency’s own policies. […]”
We’re willing to guess that Cooper is not meeting with the kind of special interests and financial backers that have a strong connection to the values of North Carolinians. His repeated trips to such liberal bastions for funding and favors should say quite enough about where his priorities are as governor. His apparent attempts to keep voters and taxpayers all in the dark about it just adds salt to the wound.
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Read more about WBTV’s investigation, and how the Cooper administration is suspiciously stonewalling them, here.
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