Lee shouldn’t have kept others in dark about Braves move
August 26, 2014 09:33 PM | 1285 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I read in the MDJ about Chairman Lee’s secret confab with Dan McRae about the intricacies of bond financing. It is not surprising that no fee was asked or paid. It is customary for a lawyer to consult with a prospective client without asking for payment. Given the subject of their discussion, McRae must have been glad to oblige!

However innocent it may appear, it was wrong for Lee to keep other commissioners in the dark about these findings. At the very least, Lee should have informed the Board of Commissioners early on about what he was doing, and why. Even at the risk of the secret coming out. That he did not do so indicates a lack of respect or trust in his fellow commissioners. That is inexcusable.

Tim Lee is the chairman of the commission, not the czar. I trust the other commissioners will disavow his presumption of pre-eminent status!

Bill Bruner


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Kevin Foley
August 27, 2014
According to published reports, in a late draft of the agreement between the Braves and Cobb County, McCrea slipped his firm in as the bond and project attorneys, work worth $4 million. The problem was, Cobb Attorney Deborah Dance cancelled that deal because she had already retained council, which is her purview, not Tim Lee's.

So from the get-go McCrea was in it for the pay day. Lee and Mathis try to make this sound like some high-minded project in which everyone is serving the public interest. Nonsense.

History shows time and again when you put $700 million in play, half of which is public money, nobody is doing anything without some quid pro quo.

If everything had been above board and transparent from the beginning, perhaps Lee's story would be plausible. The fact that it was shoved down Cobb County voters' throats quickly and secretly should set off alarm bells.
Ben Twomey
August 27, 2014
Dang, Foley, for once we 100% agree on something.
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