posted on April 11, 2006 09:53
Supporters of former State Representative David Minor on the Wake County Board of Commissioners, ambushed their Commissioners on Monday (April 13) to get Minor hired as the county lobbyist.
Commissioner Herb Council led the ambush to reinstate Minor. He made a surprise motion to give Minor $5,000 a month (through 2007) and it passed by a vote of 4 to 3.
Earlier, Commissioners had decided not to retain Minor after several Raleigh legislators – the people Minor would be lobbying – said, in effect, ‘This isn’t going to make you any friends in the Legislature – it’s going to make you enemies.’
So, now, Wake County has a lobbyist, lobbying people who are – shall we say – unfriendly to him.
With all the millions the County Commissioners spend each year, Minor’s $5,000 a month is a drop in the bucket. But a dollar here, a dollar there, and it adds up. But did we really need a lobbyist more than, say, a teacher – or to pay some of those bills the School Board says it so desperately needs money for.
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