NC Agency Suing Auditor Over Ethics Investigation

The North Carolina State Ethics Commission doesn't want State Auditor Les Merritt to look into a claim that commissioners gave preferential treatment to an aide to Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The commission has filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court seeking to prevent Merritt's office from investigating why the aide reviewed state files in private at the commission's office. Visitors typically review files in a conference room.

A commission employee who noted the incident in a state log was later fired.

The commission's suit said Merritt shouldn't investigate because one of his employees use to work for the commission. The suit also claims Merritt denigrated the commission in a radio interview.

The State Auditor's Office said the lawsuit is without merit and Merritt takes strides to remain independent.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 29, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    Unless voters of this state take it back, this is what you can expect. The Ethics Commission works for who? Why, they can't go after the boss. NC still maintains some of the most crooked politicians in the country. Only because the yellowdog liberals vote them in. They follow party lines like a computer program. She is the one that doesn't want to drill off NC coast that would benefit the state in so many ways as well as the country.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Aug 28, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    The honest commission employee should be rehired with penalty back pay and the other commission members should be fired. The lame excuses used by the commission members in their lawsuit is not worthy of saturday cartoon plot. Then an investigation should be initiated to find out why the aide to "BEV" Perdue was allowed to do what he/she did.
  • by John Location: Creswell on Aug 28, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    Another incident involving a bleading heart liberal democrat .
  • by SBK Location: Beaufort Co. on Aug 28, 2008 at 09:51 AM
    I'm not getting this. Why on earth would the ETHICS Commission want to prevent an investigation into their ETHICS. Looks like they have something to hide. This is revolting. The State Auditor should investigate no matter who works for the commission. A word of advice to the Ethics Commission: Let the investigation go forward and stop trying to stonewall it. You are making yourselves look anything but ethical.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Aug 28, 2008 at 08:31 AM
    Usually someome tries to stop any inquiry due to the fact that they have something to hide. Maybe the whole sad system of government that has plagued us for the last 16 years is coming to an end.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 28, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    This just shows you to what length the democrats in this state will go through. Even fire an employee for exposing it. Do you really trust this party anymore? No integrity. Hope she is enjoying her raise.
  • by Mr. Bob on Aug 28, 2008 at 03:48 AM
    I think it's Merritts job to investigate. Maybe uncover another scandal by the democrats.
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