Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Is Gary Odom Going to Build a Bridge to May Town Center?

Michael Cass points to some rather interesting connections with a big Tennessee bridge-building company, the State House Majority Leader, and the May Town Center proposal. Democrat Gary Odom laughed at the suggestion, but we'll see whether he, Bell and Associates, and the May family might be laughing all the way to the bank.

At the risk of being further accused by a local party wonk of assuming that those who disagree with me must be bought off by big corporations, I would argue that we should be questioning Odom's acceptance of Bell and Associates largess and the possible sweetheart deals that they get in the future, including state approval to build a bridge to Bells Bend to support MTC. Or we can just pretend at our own peril that there is no connection between campaign funding and sweetheart deals that lead to the systematic destruction of greenspace and local communities.

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