Here was the churlish response of state Rep. Paul Stam, a Wake County Republican, to news that N.C. State University wants to name its new library for former Governor Jim Hunt:
“Normally to get your name on a government building, you have to be dead. But I’m not on a crusade about this.”
Good thing he’s not. Because then he’d have to crusade to rename the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds. Memo to Stam: Jim Holshouser, the first Republican Governor in the 20th Century, is still alive.
Not to mention Reagan Airport in Washington, which was renamed before the late President died. Or the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, also in Washington.
We Democrats owe Stam a big thank-you, though. Thanks to Republicans like him, there is little chance North Carolina will have a GOP Governor anytime soon to name anything for – dead or alive.
This got me thinking: what kind of buildings would we name after the GOP minority leader? Here are some ideas:
- The Skip Stam Sewage Plant - planned to be located strategically in the center of New Hill between the 2 churches in that community. Now every Sunday, the odor will remind worshipers of how poorly Stam defended their rights.
- The Skip Stam Landfill expansion - As the mountain of garbage greets those entering Holly Springs, it will remind them that Stam was too busy defending marriages to worry about Holly Springs.
- The Skip Stam Toll Way (now with "Stam Tax"!) - Now as the good citizens of Southern Wake pay twice - once with gas tax and again with a hefty toll ("Stam Tax"), they can remember who neglected the roads. Of course, Stam can't even get funding passed to start building I-540 as a toll road.
- The Skip Stam Mandatory Year Round School and Trailer Park - Since Stam, a real estate lawyer, fights transfer and impact fees to the exclusion of doing anything for the district, it's only fitting to name an overcrowded school after him.