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!