Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kerr Scott played hardball over Charlotte road

David Henderson of Charlotte, son of a federal judge, was a member of the N.C. General Assembly when Gov. Kerr Scott, father of the late Gov. Bob Scott, was in office from 1949-1953. Henderson saw a column of mine mentioning the Scott family's willingness to tackle outrageous ideas, and he sent along an anecdote demonstrating that the Scotts liked to play hardball as well. Here's Henderson's note:

"Bob 's daddy, the Hon. Kerr Scott, was not above 'outrageous' ideas. When I was in the Assembly in '51, he sent a messenger to direct me to vote against the Powell Bill (which called for a diversion of Highway funds from Scott's rural roads program to city streets. Being from Charlotte, I sent him, a 'non-compliance' reply. He then sent word that if I did not comply, he would 'close down construction of Independence Blvd.' I didn't yield and he DID stop construction.

"Later, when my dad D.E. (Zeke) Henderson came off the federal bench, Scott wanted to appoint him a Superior Court judge. Dad declined, and Scott sent a telegram which I remember distinctly. 'I never can get a Henderson to do what I want when I want it. (signed) Kerr.'"

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How appropriate to know that Charlotte was getting hosed by thr rural legislators way back when as they do now. Great stuff.

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But the thing to do for Charlotte is to support the worthy programs assisting folks in other parts of North Carolina, and then you will find greater support in Raleigh for the major projects needed by the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County region.

In other words, don't support the diverting of funds for important educational, transporation and economic programs for North Carolinians in 90 or 95 counties just to gain quick financing for certain projects favored by people in the largest five or ten counties.

If you take care of overall state priorities first, then you'll come out a lot better on the home front.

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"But the thing to do for Charlotte is to support the worthy programs assisting folks in other parts of North Carolina, and then you will find greater support in Raleigh for the major projects needed by the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County region."

Oh please. Thanks, Pollyanna.

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