The Tornoe Spin: Treasurer vs. Governor

    State Treasurer Chip Flowers decided Wednesday to try and state his case on his issues connected to his office.  Rob Tornoe offers his cartoon take and a commentary.

    Here is Rob Tornoe’s commentary.

    So it seems Chip Flowers has declared war on Jack Markell, deciding to go on the offensive and attack the “unelected cash board” that manages the state’s $2 billion investment portfolio.

    You see, Chip would like to be the one running the investments, despite the fact that, according to Delaware State Code, it’s not his job (which the Legislature plans to settle swiftly this afternoon). If he weren’t such a camera-hungry buffoon, he might have a point about the board coming clean about their own personal investments and potential conflict-of-interests.

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    But this is coming from the man who still hasn’t divulged how much his trips to Alaska and elsewhere have cost taxpayers. His “it’s not my fault” attitude doesn’t exactly fill anyone with confidence, and his idea to allocate the $2 billion into Delaware banks smacks of political, populist nonsense. And his continued defense of a staff member whose fingers were caught red-handed in the cookie jar is laughable.

    Sean Barney, a former Markell aide, is rumored to be mulling a primary against Flowers in the 2014 elections. Bradley is white, as is Markell, so I can already see Flowers cleaning the dust off his race card. Not that it’s had the chance to collect any – he suggested today he was being targeted because of his race by the Legislature, and Markell, and pretty much anyone else who disagrees with his ham-fisted approach to good governance.

    My personal opinion of the Cash Management Policy Board is I’d rather have appointees than grandstanding politicians running things, but like everything involving government, I’d be in favor of greater accountability and transparency.

    And as far as Chip is concerned, I just have two words – go away.


    Rob Tornoe is a cartoonist and a WHYY contributor. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobTornoe.


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