Even as Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, explained to her constituents that the 84-court Tennis Center of Georgia would take multiple terms of the legislature to win state funding support (it has been turned down three times already despite locals having spent big bucks on professional lobbyists), the governor’s deputy chief of staff, Brian Robinson, railed against one of this paper’s editorials for pointing to some weird budgeting decisions in which, among other things, the same argument was used to both approve and reject a bond request.
Robinson’s job/career involves deflecting truths/criticisms told about his political employers. Which is fine; at least he’ll never be out of a job. Apparently in Robinson’s view the editorial “suggests that Floyd County’s legislators and the governor should hand out more pork.” The local project needing help mentioned: About $7 million in state-backed bonds for the tennis center. Didn’t know it, but apparently in Georgia the only catgut used to string tennis racquets has to come from hogs. (Nearly all of it actually comes from cows, by the way.)
Dempsey also indicated that to get the state’s attention/help requires a community to “show up with your private dollars, and you have a real seat at the table to be considered.” Local tennis-center enthusiasts have already gathered up $5.5 million for this envisioned $18.7 million project.
Whoops! Somebody pulled the chair out from under Floyd County.
Greater Romans don’t have enough “skin in the game”? Or haven’t been sending enough in campaign contributions to the right people?