Note: I deleted a paragraph in this post because it was based on a private conversation Moffitt and I had some time ago. He asked that I remove it, and since it was based on a private conversation, I did so.
In a meeting this morning, I got a chance to read yet another lengthy newspaper profile on Rep. Tim Moffitt, my representative in Raleigh.
This one, in the Biltmore Beacon, was a little less flattering than the one that ran in the daily paper here 10 days ago, and I believe it’s more of a true portrait of this arrogant, petulant man.
First off, he tells a gathering of supporters, “… The newspaper is good to spread out for a low-country boil, but that’s about it.”
Really, Tim? The daily newspaper gave you a pretty glowing two-and-a-half -page profile. It hardly challenged anything you said, and when it did, it was buried close to the end of the story.
In talking about trying to get speed bumps installed on a road in the subdivision where he lives, Moffitt said he called the NC Department of Transportation, which was insisting on rumble sticks to slow traffic.
“The problem on that road is speeding,” Moffitt told the gathering. “I said, ‘Don’t you know who I am? I want speed bumps!’ They told me they knew who I was but they didn’t want speed bumps.”
The rumble sticks were installed.
Moffitt claimed the state budget “was widely praised by educators,” but I have my doubts about that since it has resulted in the layoffs of thousands of teachers and teacher assistants in the state. I’d like to talk to the educators who are happy with the budget; I suspect they’re with for-profit charter schools.
“We have funded education appropriately,” Moffitt said. “I feel good about that.”
In response to a question about drug testing people who need government assistance, Moffitt replied, “We’ve created a segment of society who are far too dependent on government.”
So the wealthy, who are getting wealthier, don’t want to help the people whose jobs have been shipped overseas, or those who are devastated by the housing bubble burst, or people who can’t get health care, or those who are homeless because they can’t get treatment for mental illnesses.
The vast majority of people who need help from the government would rather be able to earn it at a decent-paying job, and most of them don’t use drugs (as the results in Florida are showing).
When I told him about the death of my son because he couldn’t get care, Moffitt told me he has a chronic condition, and he was able to get medical tests without health insurance. He just paid for the procedure in installments.
I told him that my son was denied that. He was told he had to produce cash up front or go without. Moffitt didn’t believe it.
“I could get care,” he said.
But Moffitt was a businessman with a decent income; my son was a student who worked waiting tables to put himself through college. Moffitt, however, had trouble accepting the fact that he was treated because he had money and my son was denied because he didn’t.
Moffitt’s so-called successes have taken control of Asheville’s airport away from the city and threatened to take the city’s water system away, too. He has spoken about creating a public-private partnership for the system, which would in effect privatize the system by giving control of the water to a private entity.
The man has lied about his opponent, Jane Whilden, and about her votes on the issues. But here’s the truth: If we had re-elected Jane, the state wouldn’t have fracking, Asheville would not have lost control of its airport and would not be in danger of losing control of its water system. Buncombe County would still have a five-member, at-large county commission instead of a seven-member commission elected by districts.
Even looking at the more flattering newspaper profile, it’s obvious that what happens to him shapes his opinions and his crusades. It’s all about him, just like a petulant child.