CHARLOTTE – Cronyism may be more art than science and Democratic candidate for the 9th Congressional District Dan McCready has definitely attempted a few masterpieces.
A new website, GreedyDanMcCready.com, details how the former investor complemented renewable energy mandates here in the Old North State with heavily subsidized, state-controlled entities in China to enrich himself in the solar sector.
From the site:
“According to a blistering expose in the Washington Examiner, Dan McCready sat on the board of a special interest group that lobbied the State of North Carolina for sweetheart deals that siphoned huge sums of money from ratepayers to businesses like his own.
The mandates his group lobbied for mean middle-class North Carolina families face $149 million in additional fees on their electric bills. Families had $3,400 a year cut from their bottom line, and North Carolina lost 32,000 jobs.
But McCready’s company sure didn’t feel the pain. He just got richer and richer by the day.”
And while McCready has promised to get touch on China and their trade abuses, the site blasts the candidate for taking advantage of the uneven playing field when it came to where he invested:
“Import records and a report uncovered by Fox show that “much” of Dan McCready’s investment in solar had gone to a company that had outsourced its solar panels on the cheap from China. Jobs went overseas, but Greedy McCready didn’t care. Because for Greedy McCready, the only thing that’s important, is himself and his own bottom line.”
There is a lot of ‘Do as I say, not as I Do’ that is on display with politicians, and McCready is no exception. He makes a point in his campaign to criticize special tax loopholes; and also makes a point to take advantage of special tax loop holes personally.
“Dan McCready is always looking for ways to make the system work, for himself. While his campaign talks about closing loopholes, reports show he and his wife used special tax loopholes to put more than $50,000 tax dollars back into their pockets, making a rich man even richer. Like always, it’s Dan McCready first; North Carolina, last.”
McCready is in a tough race against Republican Dan Bishop, with recent polling (by a Democratic firm) indicating it is a dead heat. If it really is that close, this kind of crony baggage may follow McCready to the polls for the special election on September 10.