It’s Shakespearean, but not heroic

What are the scariest words in the English language? For me, they’re, “Here’s a new one from the Stones.” For some wags, they are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Chortle, chortle. For Sen. Tom Apodaca, the most frightening phrase is “I’m Jim Goodmon. I work at Capitol Broadcasting. I’m a member of the Dix Visionaries.” Let us be fair to the apprehensive Apodaca, can any of us really imagine hearing that in a brightly lit, crowded room in the middle of a sunny day? I mean! If that’s not some scary stuff, I don’t know what is.

At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations committee, the businessman protested a plan to void the state’s lease of the Dorothea Dix property to the city of Raleigh. Goodmon pointed out what should be perfectly obvious, that any entity that signs a lease in good faith and three months later tries to get out of it will not be perceived as a good partner. Even I know that and I’m not anyone’s idea of a businessperson. (Exhibit A: I’m writing this for free in my basement.) My mother always told me your word is your bond and a verbal contract is as good as a written one IF YOU’RE AN HONEST PERSON. The members of the committee who voted to repeal the lease clearly never met my mom or they’d consider a written agreement entered into by the duly elected governor of the great state of North Carolina and approved by the variously appointed and elected members of the Council of State inviolate. I think they must know they’re not acting right.

That brings us to the anxious Apodaca. He said, “I feel like we’ve been somewhat intimidated by the press here today with the comments made by Capitol Broadcasting. I will not be threatened at the General Assembly. That is wrong.” and “I felt threatened by you, sir, when you said your ownership of Capitol Broadcasting.” Now, Goodmon didn’t ‘said his ownership’ even though it’s the truth, he said he worked there. Apodaca, though frightened, was quick on his feet (or tuchis, really) and got in a dig at that hoary old bogeyman, the press. (You forgot “lamestream media,” Senator, 10 points off Slytherin!) When Goodmon attempted to reply, the scared senator cut him off. Goodmon wanted to speak with Apodaca at the end of the hearing, but terrified Tom left forthwith.

I’m no therapist and I don’t play one on TV, but I think the rattled Republican was projecting his own misgivings onto Mr. Goodmon. Apodaca knows that a state senator could be considered a role model – what? it’s theoretically possible! – and, like his colleagues on the committee, he’s not living up to his word or his station in this matter. My mother would never sanction tearing up a contract. No one’s mother could be proud of this move. If you’re going to behave dishonorably, Senator, screw your courage to the sticking-place and have at it. To show an unfelt sorrow is an office which the false man does easy.


  1. Frances Jenkins

    March 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I believe 99 other counties in NC hate this agreement which entitles Raleigh to steal our land. The use or sale of the 120 acres was designed to go for the treatment of the mentally ill not to fat cats like Goodmon. This is an illegally bargain on part of Perdue. A contract is not valid if it is based on illegal contract .
    What troubles me most is a person(Goodmon) in the press is part of the process and thus bringing his own notions to the table rather than the presentation of facts for both sides. After the connection to Blueprint with WRAL this is another example of not pursuing truth or justice. It is just a way for Goodmon to profit or at least build a name for himself. From what I understand, Goodmon has never won an award as good man. Really, Mr. Goodmon no one but your high power fake intellects support you. The state of NC will never be trusted if the illegal contract is not overridden. Senator Apocaca owes nothing to Goodmon. The high and mighty needs to go in front of the GA and aplogies to the senator. The problem with the leadership of Raleigh, they expect specials deals at the expense at everyone else in the state. I can see why Senator Apodaca responded the manner in which he did. Elected officials should not have to endure threats even if you disagree with them. Goodmon was totally out of line.
    Money must go the treatment of the mentally ill and a fair market value must be assessed. Goodmon needs to bury his head and admit he is wrong .

  2. david esmay

    March 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Apodaca is a paid corporate shill, instead of building a park he wants to steer the land and tax payer dollars to the donors he’s beholding to, nothing more.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    March 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Every word in the post by David is false.

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