Skip Obama

Over at Cone’s, an obvious insider provides a plausible back story to the all-head-chopping-all-the-time stories coming daily from Guilford County  government.  The lead chopper is my district Commish, Skip Alston.

I asked a knowledgeable local reporter (not the N&R’s G. Witt) about what was up with Skip and his “new direction” mantra.

This journo has it on good authority that Skip is a different man since Obama was elected and has developed a bad case of ‘Obama-envy’. Seems that he FINALLY has figured out that there is a way to govern by playing all the cards he’s been dealt… butleaving his old standby race card in the hole.

Because of Obama’s election, the scuttle is that Skip now understands and believes that a black man can hold any elected office in the land, that is if the public doesn’t perceive the candidate as just another “angry black man”. (Which has been my Commissioner’s shtick for decades.) He has his sights set high, but knows he must prove his newly-discovered populist mettle during this term a Chairman.

The question of how easy it is for a tiger’s stripes to change so quickly hangs heavy on my mind, however.

If Obama-envy is at the root of this, then Skip would do well to lay out the details of his “new direction” (read, CHANGE) before Guilford County develops the audacity to hope that he will cease and desist with the head chopping sooner rather than later.

The Inside Scoop wants Mr. Alston to know that he is, quite possibly, breaking a law or two.  Not very Obama-like, I’d say.

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  1. inkslinger336
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m all for the change that Skip and Steve are promoting in Guilford County.

    We do need a “change”.

    For “true change” to occur, I’m also expecting their resignations as well.

  2. Posted December 19, 2008 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    North Carolina General Statutes mean nothing to skip alston all you have to do is look at how he is his own treasurer and check out what was written about his campaign contributions here

    and we are going to trust him with a plan on a multi million dollar budget and he can’t even fill out a campaign form correctly.


  3. dan
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    So let me get this straight. Skip is still not looking out for the best interest of Guilford Co. Basically he is doing what he thinks will make him look better, because “He has his sights set high”. Don’t get me wrong, Skip is preceived as just an “angry black man”. And in no way has that served Guilford Co. So any change will be an improvement. But Skip (along with some others) have always voted for what they see as what is in the best interest of the black community and not what is best for Guilford Co. as a whole. This county will continue to be in the toilet until we have commissioners who have the courage to put the whole county’s best interest in front of what is best for one particular race or what is best for their own public image. It is time to stop listening to the racist Pulpit Forum.