This is being repeated in Saturday morning funnies. It belongs here because what could be funnier than "conservative cannibalism" along with some great snark? SD
In two rare cases of conservative cannibalism, it seems Taylor's free ride nears it's end.
First, his primary opponent laid into him pretty badly over "inconsistencies" in his FEC filings.
And this week, a conservative North Carolina webnews organization has posted the second of two articles blasting away with rumor and speculation that's music to my ears.
Apparently, Ann Ryder, 66-year old Madison County resident, became disturbed by what she called a "sham" of a zoning hearing. "It was a done deal," she wrote. She ties Taylor to a planned development that she says will destroy Madison County's water table. She also ties Taylor through his investments to the death of Maggie Valley resident who died in a landslide related to improper installation of a private water system.
. . . by keeping his personal business dealings active, he creates questions of conflict of interest with each vote he casts.
No duh, you might say. But these kinds of comments rarely make it to press in conjunction with our dear chain-saw Charlie. And there's more.
In her previous article from February. Ryder implies that Taylor possibly interfered with big-J justice to get a reduced sentence for a drug addict convicted of arson in a plant he owned (that NAFTA had put out of business. She also implied that he'd paid for the arsonists afore-mentioned drug habit. She also mentions many of Taylor's previously published scandals (bank fraud jail terms for close associates at Blue Ridge S&L, Russian bank he co-owns with KGB general while a sitting member of Congress, ties to GE as he sponsors favorable legislation for them, etc. etc.)
Even though both writers, Armor and Ryder, have obvious axes to grind (don't we all), it's encouraging to know that at least some conservatives are not intimidated into silence. And kudos to the North Carolina Conservative ("God Country Common Sense) for straying from the party line.
Wonder how they'll be punished? Taylor's press secretary already threatened to sue:
From: Potter, Deborah
To: 'North Carolina Conservative'
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 10:36 AM
I don't know how you could consider yourself "friendly" to my boss after you print a bunch of garbage like that. It is absolutely filled with false information. I mean falsehood after falsehood. And back when I went to journalism school, one of the absolute basics was contacting all parties, especially those that were potential victims of slander. My boss thought it was funny, but some other folks were not nearly as amused and are already preparing lawsuits. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
I reprinted this whole because there is so much of it that just makes me want to laugh. I couldn't possibly make this stuff up. It's too good. Too, too good. The sharks are circling.