Apparently The People’s Treasury has plenty of time to yak it up with the local news media. NOT to give them the records they request and even FOIA, but he can talk to them. This one is from NBC10:
(OK, apparently the embed code from NBC10 isn’t working properly. You’ll need to go over to their website to see it.)
Start with the fact that NBC10 doesn’t quite have the story (as written by the NJ) isn’t quite right:
An article in the Delaware News Journal accused state treasurer Chip Flowers of using the card for personal expenses, including large room service breakfasts while attending a conference in Alaska in September of last year. Flowers was with Erika Benner, a top Delaware deputy who stepped down after she admitted to using her state credit card to pay for New England Patriots tickets as well as car service to the game.
And then there’s this:
“Government is about integrity and knowledge,” Flowers said. “If people can’t get that knowledge and integrity from their newspaper then why have one?”
This is from a guy who has approved, disapproved, approved and then disapproved one person’s expenses in his office and then blames the Department of Finance for it all. Integrity and knowledge, really? If you can’t get integrity and knowledge from The People’s Treasury, then I think it needs to be merged with the Department of Finance. I’m the first one in line to critique the NJ, but sheesh, if Chip had had the integrity and knowledge to pay better attention to the credit card expenses of Ms. Benner, he wouldn’t be here. First he wants to make the Department of Finance the bad guy for not telling him that Benner’s credit card reconciliations were not in order and now it is the News Journal who is the bad guy because they reported the information they had — not all of the information they had requested.
I laughed out loud when this interview showed Chip’s Denali pictures with a straight face — he’s the one who claims he stayed in Anchorage, but but puts pictures of him at Denali. Which is about a 4 hour drive (without sightseeing) from Anchorage.