newsobserver.com blogs

Under the Dome

As SEANC prepares to tee-off, Eudy swings back

The head of the State Employees Association of N.C. is planning a news conference Thursday to attack a fundraiser for Senate Democrats hosted by Capstrat co-owner Ken Eudy as an example of "pay to play."

Eudy, who knows a thing or two about communication, fired a blast himself.

"It's pathetic and defamatory," Eudy said of allegations by SEANC head Dana Cope that a fundraiser at Eudy's home is connected to a $375,000 contract his agency won in April with the N.C. State Ports Authority. "I don't blame SEANC leaders for trying to change the subject. They deserve 'As' for getting in the newspaper and on TV. They deserve 'Fs' for getting better pay, benefits and working conditions for state employees."

Dome previously told you about the fundraiser, scheduled for next week at the home of Eudy and his wife. Senate leader Marc Basnight, Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt, Raleigh Sens. Josh Stein and Dan Blue are billed to attend along with former Gov. Jim Hunt.

A database of state contracts shows that Capstrat has been awarded three, including a $13.5 million gig running a campaign to curb tobacco use among teens.

"What I would hope is there wouldn't be this McCarthy-esque suggestion and innuendo that because I personally have made a contribution to some elected official who is 10 steps away from a decision on a state contract that something smells bad," Eudy said.

Cope's news release Wednesday mentioned that the fundraiser would not have been permitted under a provision cut from an ethics bill during the last legislative session. The provision would have placed fundraising restrictions on contractors with state business.

Eudy said he would have no problem with such a provision becoming law.

UPDATE: Nesbitt said he sees no problem with the fundraiser.

"We can't get out here and start telling people they can't participate in the political process," he said. "What the Supreme Court has said is that is free speech. You can't deny someone the right to participate in politics simply because they do business with the state."


Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

dana cope should be asking

dana cope should be asking why is the state government/port authority is spending 375K on a PR contract for CAPstrat when the governor is having to raise taxes and cut teachers pay to balance the budget.

It's horrifying that the Port Authority is wasting that kind of money. PR for what - so those idiots can justify all the money they wasted on whether to build a port

 

N&O - please investigate why the Port Authority would need to spend 375K on public relations - they should worry about getting ships in on time

Dana

Dana and that school board crap. It just never ends. I don't recall hearing about a political payoff to get his kids in the school. Dana Cope represents working families! Someone must have missed that part! I would have to disagree and say that there are bigger hypocrites in Raleigh... leadership of our General Assembly! The bottom line is that Mr. Cope's personal affairs have nothing to do with representing the union;  yes, I know that's a dirty word in the South. Move into this century North Carolina!

Dens of Thieves

So what do we call Republicans?

DEN of THIEVES

This is what NC democrackkks ARE.  multiple dens of THIEVES.

What about Dana

What about Dana Cope's political payoffs to get his kid re-assigned to the school of his choice because he did not want his kid going to school with working people's children?  He got his money's worth.   The Lacy re-assignment was a straight payoff to him from the new Board of Education for his support. He is the biggest hypocrite in Raleigh. 

Cars View All
Find a Car
Go
Jobs View All
Find a Job
Go
Homes View All
Find a Home
Go

Want to post a comment?

In order to join the conversation, you must be a member of dome.newsobserver.com. Click here to register or to log in.
Advertisements