I guess 1.5 million buys a lot of nasty:
“It’s going to be a rough and tumble game, and I’ve got to recognize that and not walk in like it’s good old Charlotte politics, which has always been clean,” he said.
It must have been all that "clean" politics that helped you get your tax increases passed:
In 1998, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to establish a dedicated revenue stream to support the Charlotte-region’s 2025 transit and land-use plan. This was a big leap of faith and a strong demonstration of support by Charlotte-Mecklenburg voters, as this additional sales tax gave Mecklenburg County the distinction of having the highest sales tax rate in the state – and this is a city and region that faces stiff competition for commerce from our adjacent neighbor, the State of South Carolina.
We'll stop right there for a second so that can sink in. Myers Park Pat is actually standing (sitting?) in front of a (U.S.) Senate panel, bragging about how his actions raised the tax rate for his County to the top rate in the state. As part of a 27-year "plan", which makes his other (more recent) comments about not raising taxes during a recession pure BS.
The pitch for establishing the dedicated transit revenue stream in Charlotte-Mecklenburg was an easy sell because of three factors – we presented a compelling vision in the 2025 transit and land-use plan, the state government agreed to be a funding partner and the Federal government was identified as a partner through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 1998.
Today, I am proud to sit before you and highlight that the first leg of a light rail line is under construction in the South Corridor, our first of five corridors to be developed under the 2025 plan. The 10-mile South Corridor light rail line is slated to open in fall 2007
and when it does, I will be able to cut that ribbon and proudly say it was all possible thanks to the Federal government’s commitment to pay nearly half of the project costs through our Full Funding Grant Agreement and through our partnership with the State of North Carolina and with the foresight of those voters who helped to pass the Charlotte-Mecklenburg transit half-cent sales tax.
Partnership with a state government that has apparently been "broken" for many years, if you listen to him now.
Make no mistake, I find the work McCrory has done in Charlotte's transportation area admirable, but I'm not a Conservative, I'm a borderline Socialist with Progressive leanings.