RALEIGH – There are over 400 boards and commissions supported by the State, many of them that serve no real purpose other than patronage. There is a whole division of the governor’s office whose sole purpose is harvesting and promoting candidates to fill thousands of seats on such bodies. The patronage can be useful for a governor to leverage as he seeks to pay back the people that helped elect him, reward donors with board chairmanships, or simply staff the commissions with politically like-minded people in order to entrench the agenda into every facet of state government.
There is, or should be, a robust vetting process for appointing an individual to a board position. There shouldn’t be any crazy skeletons in their closet, because they essentially represent the Office of Governor as appointed. That is why it is so alarming that Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed a 9/11 truther to the Human Relations Commission.
.@NC_Governor just appointed Charlotte’s LaWana Mayfield to the NC Human Relations Commission.
— PolitiFact NC (@PolitiFactNC) December 21, 2018
Mayfield is a Democrat on the Charlotte City Council, which may be the strongest indication of being a crackpot considering their recent history. It is amazing that Cooper’s boards and commissions staff did not uncover her Truther status when putting her through the normal process. It could be, though, that they knew she was a Truther, and just didn’t care.
Both ends of the political spectrum sport wings full of gullible conspiracy theorists, but the Left is particularly susceptible to crazy ideas designed to make Republicans look bad. That 9/11 was an inside job designed to enrich George Bush and Dick Cheney via their oil interests is a notion that will get quite a few nods of approval by active Democrats (and too many from Republicans, for that matter).
With so many board positions to fill, maybe it’s only natural that a few crackpots end up in one because the pool they are drawing from already has a lose relationship with reason and logic. In fact, Mayfield seems to be quite the typical social justice warrior, previously catching flack for her anti-police tweets. She made police officers out to be racist murderers. This is who Cooper appointed to his Human Relations Commission. Does Cooper support these kind of views? Or is he pandering to the Radical Left?
Here’s an idea: Perhaps the state government shouldn’t have so many boards and commissions in the first place? Oh, never mind – patronage is too important…