Wade on $60M: “Just a technicality”

Even though newly elected Councilwoman Trudy Wade won’t take office for a few more weeks, Allen Johnson took a pre-emptive, but well deserved, swipe at her obvious lack of understanding of Greensboro’s water related issues in this morning’s N&R.

One can only hope that once she gets all of the facts in front of her, Wade will retract her charge of, “…incompetence on the part of city government!” and not waive off the unneccesary expenditure of over $60M as being just “…a technicality“.

Outgoing Councilman and regional water guru Tom Phillips didn’t think much of Wade’s ‘ready, fire… aim’ characterization of all his years of work getting Randleman Dam online.  “That is so wrong I don’t know where to begin“, said Phillips“…She’s in left field and you can quote me on that.”

Now hold on just a minute there, Tom.  Didn’t Wade campaign as a right fielder?  Anyway… this is not a very good start for District 5′s new rep.

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  1. Jake
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Sounds like you are sad that Carmany lost the election.You should give Wade a chance before you throw her under the bus.Carmany lost the election because she was the voice of the city manager.Everything he said she went along with without thinking of the outcome. The Canada Dry property is a good example.She had a habit of taking the city managers side too often.This is something I would say she regrets today.

  2. dhoggard
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Not sad, Jake. Takes a lot more than that to make me sad. Concerned is a better word.

    Leaving Carmany out this for a minute (if you can)… Does Wade’s stated position on Greensboro’s water issue suit you?

  3. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to share this with you Hogg.

    Sandy Carmany: “this straightforward approach was not sufficient to overcome my opponent’s attack strategy of gross distortions of my past statements coupled with those silly cartoon caricatures. Voters often decry the use of negative campaigning, but in this case, it seemed to work.â€?
    jw (Carmany’s campaign staff on Hogg’s Blog): “Debate on the issues was not a problem. Silly, insulting cartoons were. I found them offensive.� and, “tell me what you think about how our representative can only articulate a position by using cartoons to get her point across.�

    Interesting. To see Carmany’s cartoon from 1991 campaign go to:

  4. Posted November 11, 2007 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    That is SO COOL, Tony… where did you come up with it? Did Carmany’s campaign distibute it in ’91?

    Looks like it has been in someone’s crumpled files for a long time… A little history on the artifact, please.

  5. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    You wouldn’t believe where it came from David. I won’t post it but I’ll tell you about when I see you.

  6. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    OK, jw’s not answering my questions but I’ll try one more.
    jw, why did you have your fellow Carmany campaign worker leave before the police arrived?
    Did Sandy know he was working for her at that precinct?
    While you were gone to get the judge (which is what you should have done to begin with and the entire confrontation would have been avoided) your fellow worker kept calling me a “troll� and saying he was going to “f*** me like a redneck.�
    I have no idea what either term means but I did not mistake that for a compliment.
    Why did he take down his video that is linked from the N&R?
    Was it because he mentioned “blowing up� something?
    Some federal agencies frown upon the mention of blowing up stuff.
    Sandy would probably frown about that too since he was just seconds before holding a Sandy Carmany sign.
    Since I’m not too computer savvy I could not figure out a way to save a copy of the video to my computer so I had to tape a copy using a video camera.
    It was a cool video except for the blowing up part.
    I really don’t know why Fec would dislike me so much. It seems extreme just because I was supporting Trudy. I don’t know him and hold no grudge against him.
    My preference is that we put it behind us and move on. I hope you’ll agree.

  7. Posted November 12, 2007 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    My information is that the flyer you posted was put together by a UNCG student during the Burckley/Carmany campaign back in the day.

    It was produced outside of the support or permission of Carmany’s campaign and I can relate….

    During my run for council – again back in the day – I received a call from a compaign worker of one of my opponents at one of the black-majority polling places. The caller said there was some guy handing out literature in support of my election. Problem was, I didn’t know him from Adam and he was wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt.

    I drove over and forcefully asked him to go away. He did.

    I’m sure the incident, that was out of my campaign’s control, could very well be used against me in the future should I ever decide to run for office again.

  8. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 12, 2007 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Hogg, I understand you have inspected the violent T-shirt with Carl Rove. I hope Carl’s neck was better from that terrible choking incident so hard that it made him lay eggs.
    Don’t you think it’s doubtful that a UNCG student would have gone to the expense of having T-shirts printed?

  9. Posted November 12, 2007 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Carl was kind enough to bring by the artifact to the Double Hung headquarters and I offered all kinds of favors if he would just let me wear it for a day. No way, said Mr. Rove.

    If I had been a well-heeled UNCG frat boy during that era, I don’t think it would have been too much of a stretch for me to have shelled out dad’s money for a few dozen t-shirts to get back at a city councilman who shut down my weekly beer blasts.

    So, no… it’s not that ‘doubtful’ to me.

    Perhaps Mr. Rove himself would like to weigh in….?

  10. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 12, 2007 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Upon closer examination of the evidence Hogg, the words “Budget”, “Environment”, and “No Tax Increases” on the eggs just doesn’t jive with a beer depraved college boy.
    Those words sound a little more candidatish.

  11. Posted November 12, 2007 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Are you suggesting that our fine fraternity brothers weren’t highly versed on the issues facing Greensboro back then????

    As a former beer swiller myself who spent some quality time engaged in highly intellectual conversation around frat houses back in the stone ages… I take great exception to your insinuation. ;)

  12. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 16, 2007 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Help a guy out Hogg.
    I’m trying to find a post of your blog that I can’t seem to find.
    It’s the one where you finally concede the hypocrisy in Carmany’s camp about the political cartoons.
    Surely with all the evidence presented you must have posted that concession somewhere on your blog.
    And the violence! Imagine small children going to the polls with their parents in 1991 crying and asking, “Momma, why is that mean woman choking the chicken?”
    You may also want to be a good buddy and pick up your friend a box of Correctol at the drug store. If she’s having cheese with all that whine, well you know what happens when you eat too much cheese.
    Have a good weekend Hogg.

  13. Tony Wilkins
    Posted November 16, 2007 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Oh Hogg…I forgot one thing.
    You may want to consider removing the “Grace…and the opposite of grace” post.
    There’s not a whole lot of grace goin’ on over at Sandy’s Place right now. She’s appointed herself as the official “Trudy” watch chairperson. (wouldn’t you think she would at least let Trudy warm her seat first?)
    I think many of us in District 5 hope Trudy gathers five votes to move Johnson’s chair out to West Washington Street.
    Just a suggestion.