Days before the election Rep. Ted Davis equivocates on GenX and blames his opponent for…not being an incumbent(?)
In a WHQR interview on Wednesday, Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover) tried to shift blame for his failure to fund DEQ to handle the GenX crisis to the Senate, DEQ, and his Democratic opponent, a first time candidate for office and political newcomer.
Davis began the interview by admitting his failure to stand up to the Senate. He claims he wanted to fund DEQ, but that the Senate wanted to fund the NC Policy Collaboratory. This resulted in funding for a body that can only research chemicals, not enforce laws or regulations to protect clean water.
Davis quickly shifted blame for this failure to DEQ, saying the agency could have shut down Chemours, the company responsible for putting GenX in the Cape Fear River for years. However, he voted for the 2017 budget that continued funding cuts to DEQ just days after news of the GenX spill broke and the 2018 budget that gave Chemours lobbyists everything they wanted.
He also doubled down on his questionable TV ad that implies his opponent, Marcia Morgan, a retired Army Colonel, possessed the legislative powers to solve the GenX crisis. When asked about how to bring more civility into politics, Davis again criticized Morgan for not doing enough.He cited his online petition to stop GenX pollution as a solution.
Morgan is outspoken on protecting drinking water.
“Water quality is a huge concern here, and Hurricane Florence only exacerbated our existing issues,” she told Port City Daily, “In my opinion, clean drinking water is an issue that can and should transcend party lines; ensuring that our citizens have drinking water which is free from toxins while those responsible for polluting our environment are held responsible for the cost of cleanup—not allowing the fees to be shifted to the taxpayers—is a top priority.”
Davis also speaks out on GenX and its “disturbing” consequences, but voted for budgets that failed to fund clean up or solutions.