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NC’s GOP legislators take petty revenge against Cooper

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says he will veto the budget bill from the North Carolina legislature during a press conference at the Executive Mansion on Monday, June 26, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says he will veto the budget bill from the North Carolina legislature during a press conference at the Executive Mansion on Monday, June 26, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Roy Cooper committed a Big Sin last November, one that Republican leaders of the General Assembly apparently find unforgivable.

Yes, the veteran attorney general won the governor’s office over a Republican legislators didn’t particularly like, Pat McCrory, but at least he was a Republican. So even though Cooper was a veteran legislator himself before becoming attorney general for four terms, GOP leaders are still pouting. Thus, they’re dragging their heels on approving Cooper’s appointments to boards such as the Utilities Commission, the State Board of Education and the board of the State Employees Retirement system (WRAL reports).

The delays have dragged on for months, and the reason is simple: Cooper is a Democrat, and since before he took office, Republicans have tried to strip that office of power and money any way they could in trying to curb Cooper’s appointive power and budget. Cooper’s still fighting the actions, but he can’t do much about the latest immature, petulant behavior of Republican leaders in simply sitting on their hands and delaying approval of Cooper’s choices on key boards.

But it’s beyond ridiculous partisanship. This is irresponsible, hurting the decision-making process on key boards and defying the governor’s constitutional right to make these appointments. This kind of behavior is a disservice to the people of North Carolina. But maybe Republicans are mad at them, too. They elected Cooper, after all.

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