George Wells: Brawley’s bad idea

April 16, 2013 

Brawley’s bad idea

It’s utterly ridiculous and shows a complete disregard for N.C. residents that Rep. Bob Brawley is trying to change the laws to again permit all legislators to receive gifts, wining and dining, golf, tickets, etc., from lobbyists and others (“Ethics rules for lobbyists may get more lax,” April 12).

For several years, it was embarrassing how N.C. government had become corrupt from the governor’s office on down. I’m sure Brawley thought Jim Black was “people with integrity and honesty” as well as many other legislators who have been caught. Brawley has been right there long enough to know exactly what goes on, so why is he trying to allow favors and gifts for legislators again? If, as he said, he thinks it’s unethical to “exchange things for legislation,” what does he think he is doing?

This attempt looks bad, smells bad and is bad for a North Carolina government that is already held in low esteem by the majority of citizens. It should be opposed by Gov. Pat McCrory and all ethical members of the legislature. It should be soundly voted down!

George Wells


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