Regarding the Feb. 11 editorial “ Cope’s fall”: I don’t agree with every lead editorial, but this one was right on target. I didn’t personally know Dana Cope (former executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina), but I’m glad he’s out. I never cared for his use of retirees’ dues to oppose or support a particular candidate. He forgot, or didn’t care, that those dues came from both Democrats and Republicans.
A special thanks is due to N&O reporter Joseph Neff for digging deeper and following through on this story, along with former SEANC treasurer Betty Jones for her courage in stepping up and speaking out. The 55,000 members of SEANC are indebted to both of them.
I worked for former state treasurer Harlan Boyles for 35 years. He would not have tolerated such shenanigans as Cope employed. I’m pleased that our current state treasurer Janet Cowell stood firm against his tactics, too. Like these, we are fortunate to have many other public officials who will not be intimidated by brash, so-called leaders. Count among them Wake County district attorney Lorrin Freeman, who properly called for an SBI inquiry.
Doug Chappell, Wake Forest