This is regarding the recent letter of former State Sen. Thomas Goolsby chastising The Pilot and lauding State Sen. McInnis and State Rep. Boles for their uncompromising adherence to lofty principles and constitutional ideals.

It took me nearly 10 minutes to recover from an attack of convulsive laughter I experienced after reading that letter. Lofty principles and constitutional ideals involving property rights? Forget about it, former senator, this is all about the mother’s milk of politics — money — which has been showered on these two legislators by the real estate industry.

That industry naturally expects a return on its investment. I don’t say this idly. The proof is in the pudding: these legislators’ campaign speeches and literature.

I defy the good former senator or anyone else to show me where McInnis or Boles in their campaign literature or speeches said that upon election they would introduce or vote for legislation that would give real estate developers the unfettered right to exercise their constitutional property rights and build anything they wanted regardless of the negative impact on property values in the community. They knew that if they had made that a platform of their campaign, their constituents would have tarred and feathered them and run them out of town on a rail.

So instead of telling his constituents what obviously they didn’t want to hear, McInnis took the real estate money and used it to sling mud at his opponents. Just ask Michelle Lexo. Then, when he got elected, he realized it was payback time and introduced the pro developer-anti municipality legislation that The Pilot’s Editorial Board rightfully found so offensive.

No, former senator, it is not about lofty principles and constitutional ideals. As usual in politics, it all about money.

Robert “Skip” Gebhardt, Whispering Pines

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