In February, Governor Pat McCrory filled out a 2012 statement of economic interest that shows he has a meaningful financial stake in Duke Energy worth at least $10,000. The form did not require him to be more specific.
Critics say that shows he should not – at any level – be involved in the regulation of the huge utility company – now the largest in the country after its merger with Progress Energy.
It’s not a new concern. Back when McCrory was a candidate, critics saw a potential conflict of interest because of his nearly 30-year career with the company. But now, they say they’re even more concerned.
“Is he going to be governor for the people of this state or is he going to be governor for Duke Energy?” asked Jim Warren who runs the nuclear watchdog group NC WARN.