The fight against the Navy's outlying landing field started with a strange wrinkle. Not only was the battle initially waged by environmentalists and family farmers, it also had early support from property-rights advocates who oppose government "takings" as a matter of principle.
That's what this email, which is currently flying around in Republican circles, is referring to.
BlueNC are making fools of themselves. What they apparently don't know about is that on the OLF issue Senator Fern Shubert, Don Carrington, Claudia Rodgers, Bob Orr, Rep John Rhodes, Sen Hugh Webster, Art Pope's Carolina Journal were some of the first to lend advisement, public relations, press coverage/assistance and political support of their effort which went against Burr and Dole, John Warner and the first few of several admirals. The legislators wrote and spoke at events and Rodgers functioned for the first couple years as their pro-bono lobbyist, outreach coordinator, press manager and she helped them get an NC 1907 federal land condemnation law changed. (Because she served in the marines as an aid de camp to the CG at Cherry Point and also worked as a site evaluator for the DoD real estate policy office she was very helpful.) A couple of years ago The Carolina Journal carried a top fold front page article detailing what was going on down there.
To those from the North Carolina Republican Party reading this entry: I am fully aware of your early efforts in the fight against the OLF. But the truth is, you didn't get the job done. The truth is, Congressional leaders in your party don't appear to give a damn what you think. And for all your so-called influence, they are continuing to ram this OLF down North Carolina's throat.
Instead of sniping from the sidelines with whiny emails about BlueNC, perhaps you should get off your asses and prove that you can actually accomplish something for a change.