This endorsement of Tim Lee was in the MDJ this morning. Our eyes are open to the hand we’ve been dealt, but we’ve still got to do the right thing for Cobb’s future.
THERE’S NO QUESTION that Tim Lee has had a rocky two years as Cobb Commission chairman, or that many of those rough spots were of his own making.
LEE’S SOMETIMES-SHAKY PERFORMANCE helped deliver a full field of challengers when re-election time rolled around this summer. He’s now in a runoff race against former Commission Chairman Bill Byrne, a landscape architect who served from 1993 until his resignation in 2002 in what proved to be a fruitless run for governor.
Byrne is unquestionably the most controversial public official ever elected to local Cobb office in modern times. Although he proved a capable-enough administrator, he is best remembered for his role in passing an anti-gay resolution that sharply divided the county and cost Cobb its chance to host any events during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Also memorable was his decision to green-light construction of the poorly designed Bedminster Recycling Plant on County Service Parkway, and the way it spewed noxious fumes into nearby neighborhoods, and the way his commission initially tried to ignore the problem. Also notable was the refusal of Byrne and his commission to adhere to the “Sunshine Laws,” and his attempts to commandeer then-new Cobb TV23 as a bully pulpit from which to push his agenda and bash his enemies.
Lee has had a rocky shake-out in his first two years as chair. But he is the stronger of the two candidates remaining. We see little desire on the part of most voters to roll back the clock two decades and put Bill Byrne at the helm of Cobb’s government once again.
p.s. I’m slammed at work today, but wanted to get this up. Keep it civil in the comment section please as I won’t be able to check in as much.