The Indy just hasn't done its homework in Chatham County. Normal Clark is also 100% opposed to fracking and is a long time public servant, having served on many boards in Chatham County and being elected as chair of the Board of Education. Diana Hales is a one issue candidate. Clark can protect the county from fracking equally as well, and is much better positioned to meet the other demands of the county - we have a lot more going on that fracking you know. Hales has never held public office. The Indy made a big deal of that in the Reives/Burns race but no mention here? Unbalanced.
Your endorsements are very disappointing and it seems you have not done your homework at all. Robert Reives was unanimously appointed due to political shenanigans of Randy Voller, Dennis Wicker and himself. He has no knowledge of Chatham County, and the district he will represent includes only a small slice of Lee County. Citizens are sick of politics as usual. Barry Burns is a lifelong Chatham resident and retired educator. Your glib comment that he is in over his head is insulting and demeaning. Reives has never held public office either and is equally in over his head in trying to represent a county he is not familiar with. I would think the Indy would be interested in endorsing integrity in politics, not backroom politics as usual. That's what you'll get with Reives.
This article isn't exactly fair and balanced. I do agree with some of your points against Voller. Using the NCDP card for a personal trip wasn't a good move no matter what his intent (however, did you know the card was in the personal name of former ED Brunner, and that she has refused to provide any statements for past expenses?), and his apology for the rape quote was way off base. I believe he will learn how to handle public scrutiny without needing to please everyone. At least, I hope he will. If he does, I see the potential for a great leader. Your article didn't include information like the above about Brunner, or the fact that she left the finances in such a state of chaotic disarray that a special auditor had to be hired just to sort through the huge mess and balance the books. And it didn't look at the motivation behind these attackers. Their actions are so injurious to the party that I've speculated (jokingly, but only half) that they are Republican plants. There is a reason they are doing this, and its not for the good of the party. its more about preserving something that needs to end.
Look at Voller's outreach and fundraising this far. He's already exceeded anything Parker ever even thought about. That house needed desperately to be cleaned up, and that's never an easy job. If Voller's critics really want to ensure success of the party, they will shut the hell up and put their efforts to work for the party instead of against Voller. At a time when we need a united front, they can either get on board or ensure our doom. As the article suggested, give Voller the chance to stand or fall on his own. If he fails with full support, only then can you be justified. If he fails because of you, you are responsible for the failure of the party and believe me we will be pointing fingers. If he succeeds we all win - except you if you continue your actions. Because there has truly been nothing that was so damaging to the party as what you are doing. The firings were necessary and justified. Your actions are not. Get over it and help this party recover.
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