Cupid standing ground on anti-tax activist nominee
by Jon Gillooly
June 25, 2013 12:00 AM | 2015 views | 13 13 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Commissioner Lisa Cupid said Monday she is “confident” her controversial nominee to the 15-member citizen group that provides oversight for taxpayer-funded projects will be appointed at tonight’s commission meeting.

County spokesman Robert Quigley said commissioners have two options when it comes to placing people on the county’s special purpose local option sales tax committee. One option is to have the full board vote on the nominee. A second option is for the commissioner to simply appoint the person to the committee without a board vote. Tonight Cupid is taking the second option, Quigley said.

Earlier this month, Cupid asked that the appointment of anti-tax activist Lance Lamberton of Austell be delayed when county chairman Tim Lee approached her to complain about the nomination.

Lamberton is the president of the Cobb Taxpayers Association, a group that has been critical of county SPLOST programs.

Lee said he opposed Lamberton serving on the committee that oversees the county’s SPLOST projects because Lamberton “might be biased one way or the other.”

The remark prompted Lamberton to wonder if Lee’s problem was that Lamberton was a SPLOST critic rather than a SPLOST cheerleader.

“Is the chairman saying that if you are opposed to the SPLOST passage you are biased, but if you are in favor of it that makes you unbiased? That to me sounds irrational and unreasonable,” Lamberton said at the time.

By nominating Lamberton — a self-described Libertarian — Cupid, who ran as a Democrat, said she is not choosing her party over who she believes is the right person for the job.

Cupid said she met with Lee since she postponed the vote on Lamberton and that she still intends to request Lamberton be appointed to the committee tonight.

“For one, I think it’s important for a person who serves on any board to have an interest in what that board does, and (Lamberton) does have an interest in what the board does, and he also has the interest of it doing the right thing for the district and for the county, and I believe with his eye of scrutiny toward taxes that he’ll make sure that we’re spending our tax dollars wisely when it comes to SPLOST,” Cupid said.

Also tonight, Commissioner Bob Ott has nominated Karen Hallacy of east Cobb, a lobbyist for the Cobb School District, to serve on the Development Authority of Cobb County.

Hallacy would replace Thea Powell, who recently resigned from that board to work as Ott’s new assistant.

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anonymous
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June 25, 2013
Lisa Cupid,keep standing up to the "big fat bully", keep watching your back. Your loyalist are growing by the day. You have our whole support!!!

"Boss Hogg Lee", you forgot who were your base were years ago, but they are not your base now!
Ethics!
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June 25, 2013
Can Mr. Lamberton explain why his Cobb Taxpayer Assoc. registered with the state as a ballot committee hasn't filed its required disclosure reports with the state since 2010?
Just Wait
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June 25, 2013
So far, Ms. Cupid, I'm impressed.
Nettie Helen Stemm
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June 25, 2013
Thank you, Lisa. Now we will have somebody guarding the henhouse besides the fox.

Are you listening, Timmy.
It's Our Money
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June 25, 2013
I am impressed at Commissioner Lisa Cupid. She is doing just what Cobb County government needs in upholding the wants and needs of OUR COUNTY. Tim Lee has rough housed his way and not gave a hoot about other representation. For Lee to say "Lamberton might be biased one way or the other", he's really saying Lamberton might do something against MY wishes....whata jerk!!

Lisa Cupid, You are the wo-man! You Go Woman!
Pat H
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June 25, 2013
Well now we know Ms. Cupid isn't beholding to the Chamber of Commerce.

Excellent Ms. Cupid.
Hank Moody
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June 25, 2013
The vendetta you have against the Chamber is tired and pedestrian at this point. You might need to get a bigger tin foil hat.
Nettie Helen Stemm
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June 25, 2013
@Hank Moody. How much did you get paid to write that?

You don't like the message, so you attack the messenger.

anonymous
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June 26, 2013
@Nettie. The person expressed their opinion just as you are free to express yours. To accuse someone of getting paid is beyond comprehension. Since you opened up the pay question, may I ask who is paying YOU?
Not so fast
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June 26, 2013
I too applaud Ms. Cupid's appointment of somebody who has been a vocal and active opponent of SPLOSTS. But let's consider all the facts. Former Congressman Buddy Darden is hosting a fundraiser for her soon. Among the host committee members are Ford Thigpen, Sheila Trappier Edwards, W.L. Gallop, and developer John Wieland. The event is being held at Maggiano's Cumberland Mall, smack dab in the middle of the Cumberland CID. They wouldn't hold a fundraiser like this for her if they didn't want something from her. Everybody deserves a fair shake, let's see what she does with this.
rjsnh
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June 25, 2013
Good for Cupid. Allowing the opposition a seat at the table is not a bad idea at all. He can be appointed and he can be removed. It is far better to be inclusive than to exclude participation.
Sill Lee
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June 25, 2013
Silly Lee tried to convince Cupid of how things work around here, but he failed? Makes one wonder.
FROM TEXAS
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June 25, 2013
Yea why would you put anybody on the board that doesn’t have Cobb chamber pomp pomp’s? This guy is actually going to ask questions about spending that’s not the Timmy Obama way in Cobb County. But thanks Timmy for making Lance a rock star now you have to wonder who’s going to replace you next election cycle.
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