Dix Campus Action Plan: Why was it killed?
The Raleigh News and Observer and WRAL TV and WRAL.com have repeatedly quoted those who claim the Dix Property lease that was signed in December was the direct culmination of eight or more years work. But WRAL reported on another proposal that would have involved NC State University in a joint venture for future use of the Dix Campus. The N&O then also wrote in December 2012 about the Dix Campus Action Plan. WRAL’s Laura Leslie obtained the Plan from the Governor’s office according to emails I have just obtained from NCSU--after requesting them 12/12/2012.
There has been a lot of talk from Raleigh’s Mayor, Democratic Senators, and especially Jim Goodmon yesterday, about the lack of “good faith” on the part of Republicans who want to revoke the lease. I think good faith in government involves openness and honesty, too. I asked Governor Perdue’s Office about the proposed lease in emails, and asked if they had corresponded with NC State University about the Dix Property. I was told by the Governor’s media representative that there were not any emails, and she left a phone message saying the Governor’s office was not involved.
I challenge the News and Observer and WRAL, who have known for months that the lease was indeed a last minute proposal, now show good faith with readers and listeners and report the facts about which the Governor’s office lied to me. Also, the Democrats on the Council of State have been covering up the problems with the Dix Lease just as Governor Perdue and her staff did. Even if you support the Dix Lease as written at the last moment in December, give the public the whole truth of the situation instead of a partisan interpretation of the facts.
It is time we get an answer to the question that NCSU media personnel said folks would want to ask: Why did NCSU back out at the last minute, and why did the governor then, and only then, rush through the lease now in force between Raleigh and the state? The Council of State has evaded this question, and so has the media. That only makes me more curious about the reasons for the current situation.