Gov. Pat McCrory's administration held a meeting with aides to state lawmakers this week to distribute talking points about the expiration of federal unemployment benefits at the end of the month.
Democratic state lawmakers are crying foul, saying they didn't know about the meeting and objected to the McCrory administration distributing "political talking points" to spin a situation it created.
“It’s clear that high-level officials in the McCrory administration recognized the harm of their policies to struggling families and sought to minimize political damage by influencing legislative staff without the knowledge of their employers," Nesbitt said in a statement. "This is about open-government and accountability. If you supported a bill that’s unpopular, you should admit it, not hide from it."
In a letter to McCrory on Wednesday, Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt and House Democratic leader Larry Hall said lawmakers are free to respond to constituents at their discretion "without undue outside influence or intimidation of our employees."