A message from Les Merritt

November 5, 2008

Statement from Auditor Merritt — November 5, 2008

For the past month it has been clear that this was going to be a difficult year for Republicans. 

I am proud of the work our office did over the past four years, and I feel that we accomplished a lot of good things for the taxpayers of North Carolina. 

While things did not go our way last night, I am extremely proud of the campaign we ran. 

I thank the people of North Carolina for allowing me to serve as State Auditor for the past four years, and I congratulate Beth Wood on her victory. 

Now, I will take some time to evaluate my next steps.

– State Auditor Leslie Merritt


A message from Les Merritt

October 31, 2008

State Auditor Leslie Merritt has demonstrated broad-based support, earning endorsements from key individuals, major newspapers and a wide range of groups spanning the political spectrum in North Carolina.

“All North Carolinians, regardless of their party affiliation or their candidate preference in other races, want to know that state government is spending their tax dollars wisely,” says Merritt. “That’s why I have worked hard to shake up state government and hold the politicians accountable. We have exposed countless examples of fraud, waste and abuse in state government. We have spoken out against the irresponsible budgeting practices in state government. We have called for stronger internal auditing controls in state agencies. We’ve accomplished a lot in four short years, but there is still much more to be done. I am grateful to have the support of these and many other Democrats as we continue our efforts to reform state government.”

Key individuals, groups and newspapers endorsing Auditor Merritt include:
–  Governor Jim Martin, Honorary Campaign Co-Chair
–  Governor Jim Holshouser, Honorary Campaign Co-Chair
–  Lt. Governor Jim Gardner, Honorary Campaign Co-Chair
–  U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, Honorary Campaign Co-Chair
–  The News & Observer
–  The Winston-Salem Journal
–  The Greensboro News & Record
–  The Greenville Daily Reflector
–  The Wilmington Star-News
–  The Wilmington Journal
–  The Spring Hope Enterprise
–  The Employees Political Action Committee, a subsidiary of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC)
–  National Rifle Association
–  N.C. Police Benevolent Association, Inc.
–  Raleigh-Wake Citizens’ Association (RWCA) M-PAC
–  North Carolina Utility Contractors Association (NCUCA)
–  Republican Liberty Caucus
–  Brigadier General Gary Pendleton (Ret.), Chairman of Veterans for Merritt
–  Carolyn Grant, Co-Chair, Women for Merritt; Co-Chair, Business Leaders for Merritt
–  Michelle Rich Goode, Co-Chair, Women for Merritt; Co-Chair, Business Leaders for Merritt; Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  Jane Mitchell, Women for Merritt
–  Phil Kirk, Co-Chair, Business Leaders for Merritt
–  Bob Luddy, Co-Chair, Business Leaders for Merritt
–  Steve Stroud, Co-Chair, Business Leaders for Merritt
–  Bob Warwick, CPA, Co-Chair, Business Leaders for Merritt
–  Todd Fuller, Chair, Young Professionals for Merritt
–  Wesley Williams, Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  David Bradley, CPA, Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  Perry Safran, Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  Davis Milligan, CPA, Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  Gerry Kennedy, Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  Andy Gay, Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  Jane Fowler, Co-Chair, Democrats for Merritt
–  Jane Mitchell, Women for Merritt
–  Cheryl Merritt, Honorary Chair, Women for Merritt
–  Dale Merritt, Honorary Chair, Young Professionals for Merritt
–  Brooke Merritt Chalk, Honorary Chair, Young Professionals for Merritt.

Auditor Merritt demonstrated broad-based, bipartisan statewide support while raising qualifying funds under the Voter-Owned Elections Act pilot which applies to his 2008 campaign. During that effort Auditor Merritt received contributions from all 100 counties, with 14% of those contributions coming from registered Democrats.


Auditor slams Mary Easley’s travel costs

October 30, 2008

By Benjamin Niolet, Staff Writer

RALEIGH – State Auditor Les Merritt said this morning that trips to France, Russia and Estonia by First Lady Mary Easley and others included “unreasonable and excessive expenses,” including a taxpayer-funded $332 lunchtime caviar cocktail.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1274796.html


Les Merritt: Taxpayer Watchdog

October 21, 2008

Les Merritt: County Chair’s

October 15, 2008

 

Watauga – Linda Craig
Wilkes – Sheriff Dan Mastin
Stokes – Sheriff Mike Joyce
Surry – Sen. Don East
Rockingham – Sheriff Sam Paige
Davie – Sheriff Andy Stokes


Les Merritt: Wilkes County Chairman

October 14, 2008

Sheriff Dane Mastin named Wilkes County Chair

State Auditor Leslie Merritt announced today that Sheriff Dane Mastin has joined his campaign team as County Chair for Wilkes County. Sheriff Mastin has lived in Wilkes County his entire life and has served as Sheriff since 1990.

http://lesmerritt.blogspot.com/2008/10/sheriff-dane-mastin-named-wilkes-county.html