the photograph of the signing in the Raleigh News&Observer. Four white men stand behind him. One of them is Art Pope, who just resigned as Budget Director but who is evidently proud to own this particular budget.
James at BlueNC points out that of the 68 House members and the 33 NC Senators who voted for this budget revision, only two of them showed up for the signing and one of those two isn't even running for reelection.
Writes James, "House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg), who could use some positive publicity these days, wasn’t around. Nor was Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) standing with the governor. The other five folks standing with the governor when he signed the budget were all paid members of his staff."
Leaving The Guv pretty much by himself in being proud of that mound of hash.
Friday, August 08, 2014
Posted by J.W. Williamson at 8/08/2014 08:40:00 AM
Labels: Art Pope, North Carolina budget, North Carolina General Assembly, Pat McCrory, Phil Berger, Thom Tillis
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Just now seeing that Gary Pearce also took note of the curious lack of lawmakers at the signing (http://www.talkingaboutpolitics.com/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ArticleView/mid/364/articleId/4111/A-Picture-Worth-a-Thousand-Words.aspx), and WRAL has the better photograph.
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