This morning, qnotes published an open letter criticizing Democratic Mecklenburg County Commissioner Harold Cogdell, Jr., for his political gamesmanship and partnerships with Republican board members, including Bill James.
Other Charlotte media have also weighed in.
The Charlotte Observer‘s Peter St. Onge wrote this morning that “Harold has sold his soul.” From the daily:
What did he get in return? We’re not sure. He’ll have plenty of cameras pointed his way in this busy upcoming year for Charlotte. But if his aim is to use that exposure to propel himself toward higher office, he’ll have to do so without the support of his party’s establishment, which believes he’s shown himself to be about Harold first, everyone else later.
He also shouldn’t expect much loyalty from Republicans, who are embracing him only for the possibility of policy support. Privately, they don’t really trust him, either.
QCityMetro, a daily online publication serving the local African-American community, also weighed in.
“In a county that grows increasingly black and Democratic, he errs in casting his lot with the like of Bill James, a vile politician who delights in firing off the most bilious emails attacking the African American community,” Editor Glenn Burkins writes.
Cogdell has managed to alienate his fellow Democrats and likely many constituents. As far as being a “swing vote,” he’s shown his new Republican bedfellows exactly how far he’ll go to put
Mecklenburg County Harold Cogdell first. He’s also alienated three of the city’s media outlets — two of which serve communities and constituents that have been among Cogdell’s most loyal supporters.
Unless things change between now and tonight, Cogdell will likely become the next chair of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
“He’ll get tomorrow what he’s wanted for two years,” The Observer‘s St. Onge concludes. “But it’s going to be a very lonely throne.”
A very lonely throne, indeed.