State Sen. David Rouzer, the Republican nominee in North Carolina’s 7th congressional district slated to take on Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), recounted during a primary debate in April about how his experience in the executive branch gives him a unique understanding of how to get rid of cabinet departments wholesale. “When I went over to the Department of Energy one day, you walk down the hall and most of them who are drawing 6-figure salaries are sitting there reading books and reading magazines,” Rouzer told the audience. “Ladies and gentlemen, we can devolve, get rid of the Department of Energy.”
Rouzer also singled out three other cabinet agencies he would like to eliminate: the Department of Commerce, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Education.
ROUZER: When I served in the executive branch for about a year and a half, and I learned how the bureaucrats operate. It gives me a lot of insight into how to defund them and get rid of them. When I went over to the Department of Energy one day, you walk down the hall and most of them who are drawing 6-figure salaries are sitting there reading books and reading magazines. Ladies and gentlemen, we can devolve, get rid of the Department of Energy and move some of those responsibilities back to the states. Department of Commerce, same thing. HUD, Housing and Urban Development, same thing. Department of Education. If you look at the decline of education, it started when the federal government got involved in it. That’s another agency.
Rouzer has made a career of stymieing scientific knowledge. He grabbed national headlines earlier this year when he pushed a bill through the North Carolina Senate that banned the state from using scientific models of sea-level rise that would affect the state.