I ran into Debbie Dooley of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots this morning, who told me that a major change in the dynamic of the transportation sales tax campaign is coming next week.
The Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club is preparing to join the opposition.
A quick query to Mark Woodall, the chapter’s chairman, produced this response, but nothing else: “I wouldn’t dispute what she says.”
A Sierra Club entry into the debate could add organization, experience and a network currently missing from the opposition’s playbook. Yet there’s likely to be some dissonance.
Grounds for the Sierra Club opposition haven’t been disclosed, but let’s suppose that they fault the initiative for too little emphasis on mass transit. Tea party opponents are on the opposite side of that canyon, saying it has too much.
Updated: One source has called to report that Sierra Club fears of a new Northern Arc will be its primary reason for opposing the sales tax in metro Atlanta.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider