“A very unsubtle threat”By
On Asheville FM’s Making Progress Monday, Asheville city councilman, Cecil Bothwell commented on the future of the city’s lawsuit over control of the Asheville water system. McGrady had joined Moffitt and Ramsey in passing the bill stripping the city of control of its water system and transferring control to a regional commission. McGrady delivered what Bothwell describes as “a very unsubtle threat” [timestamp 37:50] to the city and the county’s new, all-Democrat House delegation, essentially, to play ball if they expect to get anything from the GOP-controlled legislature [timestamp 37:50]:
Depending on how that lawsuit occurs will really determine what happens next. But I will tell you — I want to very clear, I’ve talked to again Senator Apodaka about this — if the lawsuit is decided adverse to the position the General Assembly took last time, he and I do anticipate filing legislation to correct whatever the mistake might be. … I’m quite prepared to come back with a different approach to the same issue.
That would appear to be an empty threat. The city won the first round in Wake Superior Court. The judge struck down the water bill as unconstitutional. The suit is now in the appellate court. The only way around the “local bill” constitutional issue would be to allow the state to appropriate control of water systems in Republican-held districts. Ask Greenville what it thinks about that.
I would urge you to continue to do things like what you did with the airport and with Henderson County and your neighbors. Because many of your neighbors are represented by colleagues in my caucus, and they’re gonna probably turn, in terms of their interest in solving some of Asheville’s problems, based on how they feel Asheville is working with their local governments.
So if Asheville, Buncombe County, and its Democratic legislators don’t play ball in a way acceptable to legislators from neighboring Republican districts — no matter that Republicans don’t need Democrats’ help in passing whatever they want through both houses and the governor’s mansion — well forget you, Buncombe voters!