Monday, April 26, 2004

The N.C. Medicaid Malfeasance Scandal

There's a comprehensive overview in the Raleigh News & Observer of the mismanagement of state medicaid funds that the Republicans have jumped all over, since it involves a Democratic State Auditor (Ralph Campbell) referring the matter to criminal investigation. The most prominent potential defendant will be Democratic State Senator Fountain Odum's wife Hooker Odum. With plenty of opprobrium left over for the (mis)management of Gov. Mike Easley. Tsk.

This is not good and precisely the kind of thing that Republicans can use to ride the Democratic Council of State out of office this year. The appearance is that the State Auditor did the right thing in blowing the whistle and that the Gov and Hooker Odum (especially) have done the wrong thing.

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