Members of the Delaware State Senate Republican Caucus sent a letter to Governor John Carney urging him to remove Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse from his position.
The Public Integrity Commission (PIC) released a report outlining stating that Scuse sent funds to employees of the department to house seized farm animals without a public bidding process.
According to a letter from the Senate Republicans, a Deputy Attorney General advised the Secretary not to pay employees to house the animals, with Scuse ignoring his own legal counsel.
“This behavior and apparent nepotism are unacceptable and further sows the seeds of public mistrust of its government. Agriculture is Delaware’s number one economic industry, and it is vital that the department overseeing it has the trust of those within the industry. Quotes in media reports from those interviewed and personal conversations we have had with farmers display a great level of concern with the DDA and its current leadership,” the letter stated.