Perdue’s Pay-to-Play Politics Sends 1,000 Jobs to S.C.
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) responded Thursday to news reports confirming Continental Tire’s decision to build a major facility in Sumter County, S.C. instead of Brunswick County, N.C. North Carolina’s commerce secretary has scheduled a news conference to discuss the decision at 11:30 a.m. in Brunswick County. The decision followed news reports that a Democrat state lawmaker and major donors to Gov. Beverly Perdue would have received a financial windfall if Continental Tire had chosen the executive branch’s proposed site.
Below is a statement from Senator Berger:
“We worked in good faith with the Perdue administration for six months to develop a responsible proposal to attract these jobs. We went to great lengths to reach an agreement, but we also had several serious concerns – including the governor’s plan that would line the pockets of her political supporters. Since August, we’ve tried to convince her administration that this deal reeked of cronyism – a fact they chose to ignore. Now, pay-to-play politics has cost our state more than 1,000 new jobs.
“This is embarrassing for North Carolina. It’s this kind of incompetence and unethical behavior that has disgraced Democrat politician after Democrat politician in North Carolina. And we will not allow the state to do business like this anymore.”
Attached are a timeline of key events and a Sept. 19 letter from Berger to Perdue reiterating his concerns about the executive branch’s proposal.