Raleigh, NC – It should come as no surprise that the same partisan far-left groups that have a declared goal of “eviscerating” North Carolina Republicans are now attacking Gov. McCrory and state Republicans for the coal ash spill, displaying a blatant level of hypocrisy in the process.
While Gov. McCrory has been focused on cleaning up the spill and putting measures in place to help prevent future accidents, top Democrats like Kay Hagan have offered no solutions, while others like part-time Attorney General Cooper have spent their time and energy politicizing the accident to score cheap political points.
Where is the outcry from William Barber and liberal groups against Bev Perdue and Democrats? The issues surrounding coal ash and Duke Energy began well before Gov. McCrory took office.
Roy Cooper, who has been the state’s chief regulator and public advocate for the last 13 years, has all of a sudden taken a keen interest in coal ash disposal. He immediately began attacking the Governor after the spill, even using the accident to raise cash for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.
- “Attorney General and apparent gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper is jumping on the Dan River spill to blame Republicans for being lax on the environment.” (Craig Jarvis, “Cooper calls on governor, legislature to restore environmental safeguards,” Raleigh News & Observer, 2/19/14)
Since 2001, Cooper has received $81,594 from the Duke Energy PAC and Duke Energy’s current and former employees.
And Democrat Senator Kay Hagan, who is in a fight for her political life, recently ducked questions from reporters on what to do about the spill.
It prompted the left-leaning editorial board of the Charlotte Observer to take her to task:
- “She was even hesitant when talking about Duke Energy and its coal ash ponds. Up to 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled from the company’s pond in Eden into the Dan River earlier this month – the third-largest spill in U.S. history. After years of environmentalists’ study, Republicans and Democrats alike have said Duke needs to close the ponds and store the ash in dry, lined landfills. Hagan? She thinks we need to study the issue further.”
It’s worth noting that Duke Energy is one of Hagan’s largest campaign contributors, a fact that Barber and the left-wing groups that want to “cripple” and “eviscerate” the Republican Party conveniently ignore in their bogus and hypocritical attacks.
But the award for biggest hypocrite goes to the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP).
The NCDP interim executive director sent out a fundraising email attacking the Governor for receiving campaign contributions from Duke Energy.
The inconvenient truth is that from 2007 to 2008, Bev Perdue and Walter Dalton received more money from Duke Energy than any other politicians in the state, including McCrory. In fact, the five largest recipients in North Carolina during that time period were all Democrats.
During Perdue’s tenure as the chair of Democratic Governors Association, Duke Energy donated $100,000 to the organization. But we don’t hear anything about it from William Barber and the liberal groups that want to “eviscerate” the Republican Party.
But the real kicker is that that the Democratic Part is literally indebted to Duke Energy. The company recently gave the Democratic National Committee a sweetheart deal, forgiving a $10 million line of credit to the DNC pay for the 2012 DNC Convention in Charlotte.
- “Duke Energy has already written off a $10-million line of credit the company guaranteed to help produce September’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., boosting the role of corporate funds in putting on the event. The loan is not due until the end of the month, but Duke wrote it off as a loss in the third quarter and reported it again Wednesday when it released its year-end earnings, noting that it took a $6-million loss and $4-million tax benefit for ‘DNC Host Committee Support.’” (Matea Gold, “Duke Energy writes off $10-million loan for Democratic convention,” Los Angeles Times, 2/13/13).
“The amount of sheer hypocrisy coming from William Barber and far-left groups in their ongoing efforts to demonize Republican leaders is nothing short of breathtaking, especially considering the fact that the Democratic Party is literally indebted to Duke Energy to the tune of $10 million,” said North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope. “While the Governor is working on solutions to clean up the spill and make sure these accidents don’t happen again, Roy Cooper, William Barber and radical left-wing groups are using this unfortunate accident to raise campaign cash and score cheap political points. It’s despicable.”