Last Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper nominated Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) for the post of Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources.
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is in charge of state parks, museums, aquariums and historic sites, the State Archives and Library, and arts programs in North Carolina.
In a press statement, Cooper said, “Susi Hamilton has a strong appreciation for North Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage and a deep commitment to serving our state. She shares my belief that our history, natural resources and strong arts traditions are critical to our economy and worth celebrating.”
Reid Wilson was named Chief Deputy Secretary. “Reid Wilson has helped preserve lands from the mountains to the coast and will be a great asset to the Department,” Cooper said in the statement.
Governor Cooper today announced new leadership at @ncculture: Rep. Susi Hamilton as Secretary and Reid Wilson as Chief Deputy Secretary.
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) January 19, 2017
As previously reported by American Lens, Hamilton used her state provided email to promote a non-profit organization which contained a fundraising link.
The text, “You can support our work by making a donation today” was found near the bottom of the email. By clicking the “making a donation” link, one is sent to Democracy NC donation page in support of the “Souls to the Polls” campaign. “Souls to the Polls” is also the name of the Moral Monday voter drive campaign.
— A.P. Dillon (@APDillon_) January 20, 2017
Official state email accounts are for conducting state business only and are not to be used for the promotion of donations to organizations or for electioneering purposes. By using her official state supplied email account to send an email containing a donation solicitation by an outside entity, Rep. Hamilton is possibly in violation of Ethical and Principle Guideline 7.
An ethics complaint was filed by the NC GOP as a result of the report by American Lens, but we have learned that the complaint was apparently ‘removed’ at some point.
Upon hearing of her nomination, we found Rep. Hamilton had tweeted out a brief statement:
It has been my honor to serve the fine folks of District 18. I look forward to serving all North Carolinians in my new position.
— Susi Hamilton (@RepSusiHamilton) January 19, 2017
However, it appears that Hamilton has blocked the author of our previous article, our Executive Editor A.P. Dillon.
Hopefully this is not an indication of how Rep. Hamilton will conduct business should she be confirmed. Governor Cooper has already come under fire for ‘banning’ a reporter from the conservative publication Carolina Journal from a December 5th news conference.