Governor Perdue and Lanier Cansler didnât need the John Tote fiasco.
Perdue has made strides putting her administration in order. Cansler has the thankless task of managing an unmanageable department. But he has Carter and the home-health hounds gnawing on his leg, and the mainstream media is starting to chew too.
Then comes Tote, the short-lived appointee as state mental health director. Fresh from an organization that owes $1.5 million in unpaid taxes.
On WRAL last night, Tote portrayed himself as a victim treated unfairly by the state, asking: âHow did we get here today?â
Hello. Your association didnât pay its taxes.
He played the family card: âNobody should ever have to be put in the situation of myself and my family.â
True. Why did you put yourself there?
Cansler faced the camera and took responsibility, but he canât do everything. Didnât anybody at DHHS think to Google this guy?
In cutting Tote loose, Cansler resorted to the time-worn clichés of âdistraction and diversionâ and not having mental-health care âovershadowed.â
You yearn for candor. Something like: âA man whose organization doesnât pay $1.5 million in taxes cannot run an agency that spends hundreds of millions of the taxpayersâ dollars.â