Bob Orr gave up his seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court to carry water for Art Pope. But based on Orr's performance today representing plaintiffs in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, it looks like they both got the short end of the same stick.
The AP story today ostensibly involved Orr's long-standing objections to the payment of economic incentives (tax dollars) to lure companies to North Carolina. Underneath that story, however, is the saga of a stressed-out man caught in a pickle. Orr is running for governor without a job, without a personal fortune, and with an albatross named Art Pope hanging around his neck.
Orr represents seven individual taxpayers who argued the General Assembly and local governments shouldn't have been able to target financial incentives for the computer maker that could exceed $300 million in value. A trial judge threw out the lawsuit last year, but Orr wants that decision reversed and the lawsuit tried.