If supporters of next year’s transportation sales tax vote want to see the referendum shifted to November, they’re going to have to deal with people like state Sen. Hardie Davis, an African-American lawmaker from Augusta.
We told you this morning that Senate Republicans have been made uneasy by tea party opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal’s effort to move the vote away from the July primary.
But members of the Legislative Black Caucus, angered by the Republican effort to control local legislation in Fulton and other Democratically controlled counties, have thrown up their own roadblock.
Davis is no bomb-thrower. He is chairman of the Senate Interstate Cooperation Committee, which means he gets along with Republicans well enough.
I ran into Davis on the Capitol stairs late this morning. He put the matter this way: Republicans appear to want the transportation sales tax passed on the backs of Barack Obama supporters. But if they want control of Fulton County, then they’d better be willing to handle the tough votes themselves.
Let the transit vote stay as part of the July 31 primary, Davis said, and pass – or fail – by Republican hands.
Leaders from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, which is directing the sales tax campaign in the 10-county region, intend to have a private session with Senate Democrats on Wednesday morning. “We’re going to give them an earful,” Davis said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider