Lee Commissioners' Meeting: One gate, two guards, and an AFP gatekeeper
The Republican-led Lee County Board of Commissioners recently announced town-hall style meetings around the county. The problem is, their first meeting will be at the gated community Carolina Trace, which directly contradicts NC open meetings laws. When The Rant, a local blog, inquired about why this meeting was, essentially, closed to the public by virtue of its location, the Republicans took an interesting rightward turn to solve it.
Rather than move the location to an area outside the gates (as suggested by at least one Democratic commissioner), the meeting notice was changed to indicate that meeting attendees are to ask the guards at the gate to contact Lloyd Jennings, the “the founder of the Lee County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity.”
So, to attend this official meeting of the Lee County Board of Commissioners, the public will literally need to ask the founder of the local AFP chapter if he will allow them to attend. And, if he doesn’t allow it? Is that what the guards are for? Are the Republicans on the county commission really this blatant in their disregard for the public? There’s a gate, guards, and a right-wing gatekeeper who indicate so.