Oh, how things change in a year. In June 2014, senator Jeff Tarte was not interested in delaying the I-77 toll / HOT lane project in northern Mecklenburg County. In July 2014, Tarte was publicly touted as someone “who supports HOT lanes”. In October 2014, Tarte was sounding a lot like a leader of the pro-toll movement, eagerly dismissing any and all criticism of the toll project.
Now, in the wake of a business community summit within his district, Tarte is talking about trying to defund the project — a source of personal pride for his mentor Thom Tillis and Governor Pat McCrory. The drivebys are portraying this like it’s some kind of courageous stand. But — from listening to Tarte — it sounds more like a guy trying some CYA in the wake of some heated discussions with big donors in the district.
It’s sad that you have to turn up the heat to scalding level in order to get your leaders in Raleigh to even give you lip service. Keep the heat coming. You make these people sweat a little, and sometimes they end up doing the right thing.
Oh, and if Tarte ends up weaseling out here, he might get himself another dose of Nicole Revels and her video camera. We’ve seen how little Mr. Tarte cares for that.