You simply can’t read the details of the story (and associated documents and statements) of the failed “Project Soccer” negotiations in which the Perdue administration and Republican legislative leaders attempted to coax (i.e. bribe) Continental Tire to locate a plant in Wilmington without wanting to throw your hands up in disgust.
The only thing that’s worse than the record of the whole sodid process is the absurd blame game that the parties are now playing. Especially high on the unctuousness meter: the holier-than-thou claims of Senate leader Phil Berger (who jetted off to China on a so-called trade mission in the midst of the negotiations) that he was shocked (shocked!) to learn that powerful insiders stood to gain from the deal.
Perdue and her staff deserve plenty of blame for the whole mess, but Berger and his buddy, Speaker Thom Tillis, are trying to have it both ways by participating in the whole process for weeks on end and then claiming at the last minute that they had all sorts of reservations from the beginning. It’s enough to make you think that they never intended to let Perdue have such a political victory, but just played along until they could figure out a way to scuttle it.