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McCrory appointments given OK by NC House

May 27, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state House on Tuesday confirmed Gov. Pat McCrory’s choice for North Carolina state controller and given its tentative OK for his selection to the Industrial Commission.

Linda Combs’ approval as controller was unanimous. Combs, who lives in Winston-Salem, was controller of the United States during President George W. Bush’s administration, served as chief financial officer at the Environmental Protection Agency and held administrative posts in four other Cabinet departments.

The state controller, who serves seven-year terms, keeps the state’s books, monitors cash flow and manages state payroll.

The first vote for Industrial Commission appointee Charlton Allen was 78-40 along party lines, with Republicans in the majority.

Allen is a Mooresville attorney who supporters say has prior experience representing workers. The six-member commission determines workers’ compensation awards to injured workers. But Democrats don’t think he’s qualified for the post. Minority Leader Larry Hall, D-Durham, said Allen filled out a candidate questionnaire while running for the legislature that suggests he wouldn’t have workers’ best interests at heart.

Hall said he’s concerned Allen would have “opinions against the rights of workers to receive fair pay” and retain safe working conditions. Rules Committee Chairman Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said he knows Allen as a good attorney and fair person and criticized Democrats for opposing the governor’s nominee. “This should not be partisan,” Moore said.

A final House vote on Allen could come Wednesday. The Senate also must approve both appointments to complete the confirmations.

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