NC’s DOT Secretary: Keeping it classy

Anthony TataWhen will the members of the McCrory administration learn? It may be a lot to ask, but at some point, could someone please give these folks a lesson in acting like public servants instead of thin-skinned, right-wing talk show squawkers?

Check out the statement provided by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Tata to Raleigh’s News & Observer regarding the dedicated folks at the Southern Environmental Law Center and their longstanding involvement in the controversy surrounding the replacement for the decaying Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks:

“These ivory tower elitists file these lawsuits from their air-conditioned offices in Chapel Hill. And they do so with their lattes and their contempt, and chuckle while the good people of the Outer Banks are fighting hard to scratch out a living here based on tourism and based on access.”

Wow. Who knew that the Secretary — a man who raked in a cool quarter-million bucks in severance from an underfunded public school system and who, no doubt, gets a public pension as well on top of his $135,000 per year gig at DOT and who resides in a tony, big bucks subdivision in one of North Carolina’s wealthiest cities just down the road from several upscale latte establishments — was such man of the people?

Somewhere,  Spiro Agnew, Joe McCarthy and George Wallace are smiling.


  1. ksw for obx

    December 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Straight talk is what NCDOT Secretary Tata gives about what SELC had done to hijack and suspend Bonner Bridge replacement. It is just about winning for them. SEE FACTS ON BONNER BRIDGE FROM BRIDGE MOMS GROUP – FACTS NOT SPIN https://www.facebook.com/bridgemoms/posts/789144901101288 … …

  2. ML

    December 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Kinda like when LSD/GOPRules/civitas trolls get on rob for raking in the cash money because they have no other way to defend their position but to attack the author.

  3. Dan Besse

    December 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve formed a generally positive opinion of Tata from hearing him in other contexts. These ad hominem remarks seem to be a disappointing departure from the tone and substance I’ve heard before. Hopefully they represent a lapse rather than a shift.

  4. Alex

    December 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Taking about keeping it classy, I was so glad to see CNBC dump that foul-mouth ,disgusting Martin Bashir who was a lousy excuse for a news person. Let’s hope he goes back to Britain, and we never hear from him again.

  5. GOP Rules

    December 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Alan/ML, Are you saying Rob resembles someone “who resides in a tony, big bucks subdivision in one of North Carolina’s wealthiest cities just down the road from several upscale latte establishments”. That is good to know….we can use that in the future as I always figured Rob for a limo lib.

    As far as Tata, he probably has spent plenty of time while in the Army in conditions that are far from up to limo liberal standards, so his point is quite valid.

  6. wncgirl

    December 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    in other keeping it classy news…. diapered David Vitter is still roaming the halls of govt. with the full backing of GOP CINOs…

  7. ML

    December 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I don’t know rob or any of you so I wouldn’t know the conditions of his limo.

  8. ML

    December 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    But I agree with Tatas position just not his tact. However, I do believe the proper due diligence and care should be given to the environmental concerns and I do believe a compromise is there if egos are put aside. If and hopefully when that happens we should see something in the way of repairs to the now closed bridge with higher levels of environmental safeguards, upkeep, and study.

    Ps LSD/GOPRules/civitas trolls I was not inferring you were the same person just addresses you each individually in regards to your similar use of ad hominem attacks in the place of substantive argument.

  9. LayintheSmakDown

    December 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    You need to just get up out of your cube over there at the Justice Center, go down the hall, and talk to him. Easy as that. The dude is in your office and you haven’t even gone to see him.

  10. ML

    December 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Here comes LSD to GOP’s rescue. Too bad he fails to add anything of substance once again.

  11. Gene Hoglan

    December 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Kinda silly to get mad at some hippy-dippy legal group. They didn’t erode the pilings on the south end of the bridge; the ocean did that. Seems Tata, McCrory, et. al. should spend their energy being mad at mother nature, which is going to make Hatteras Island largely uninhabitable in a few decades regardless of what structures we put up.

    Seriously though, even if the initial construction schedule had been in place, the current bridge would still have to be closed as we’d only be halfway through construction of the new bridge. It’s a moot point, and all this wailing and gnashing of teeth is just childish.

  12. Alan

    December 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Alex/LSD/GOP Rules, all paid trolls from Civitas…… have you ever thought about getting a real job?

  13. hometown hiker

    December 8, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Just more hate from the party of haters. I wouldn’t expect anything different from the NC Pope and his little puppets.

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