It appears the cart got in front of the horse more than once this week, and that kicked up a little egg on the faces of some Carolina Beach leaders and State Representative Susi Hamilton.
The mayor and others on Pleasure Island were caught flat-footed when Hamilton's spokesperson sent out a statement this week saying she happily accepted the job as town manager.
Announcements such as those are usually made by the hiring entity. But Hamilton surprised the Carolina Beach leaders and preempted their announcement planned for later in the week.
She also noted that she could do both jobs, serving in the legislature and working for Carolina Beach. But then she turned down the job less than a day later after claiming some "obscure" law came to the surface that said she couldn't do both.
I'm not sure her definition of "obscure" but our reporters knew this was the law when they were asking her about the rumors of this job offer a couple weeks ago.
And the elected officials in Carolina Beach aren't off the hook here either. They were backtracking this week when our people reported that they had actually signed a contract with Hamilton and never even voted on it.
In a couple weeks, this will be water under the Snow's Cut Bridge and Pleasure Island will be back to normal. But let's hope some of these leaders learned something in the process.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
I found the comment today concerning Susie Hamilton and Carolina Beach Town Council to be snarky at best. Ms. Hamilton had talked to the House Ethics Committee concerning the appointment and no conflict was found. Thank goodness that Ms. Hamilton is in the NC Legislature because she is the ONLY representative that represents women, minorities, environmentalists, working people, the unemployed and progressive thinkers in this area.
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