Re: MDJ story “Sounding off on Lee: Officials give their take on recent allegations against the BoC Chairman”
MDJ reporter Ricky Leroux wrote a great article about Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee’s secret Braves deal and negotiations. However, the reports about Lee’s behind-the-scenes negotiations and actions to move the Braves to Cobb County still have many remaining unanswered questions that concern ethics and the law. His secret actions were effectively playing poker with other people’s money (Cobb taxpayers’) without their consent.
The story should not go away until the public and the taxpayers get complete transparency and honest answers from Lee. The other commissioners have to deal with him every day. They’re not going to be completely honest and open with reporters about Lee’s actions because of their concern of fallout for their districts’ other issues and problems. Sure, people can file an ethics complaint. But a simple slap on the wrist won’t begin to offset or help repay all the $700 million that Mr. Lee committed in secret emails to the Braves on behalf of Cobb taxpayers for the next 30 years without their approval.
It’s pretty obvious that Lee’s off-the-books attorney Dan McRae knew exactly what he was doing and anticipated a fantastic payday down the road if everything fell into place per the secret plan. His “free” service was motivated by future gains.
Here’s the bottom line. Something is sleazy and smells terribly wrong with this entire deal, from the beginning until now. The public/taxpayers want the truth and total transparency. They deserve it. It’s their money.
At the same time, if Lee knowingly broke any rules and laws or dishonored his position as the Cobb BoC Chairman, he deserves appropriate punishment.