The story about Taylor's double-dealings on the National Forests began with our own Southern Dem (here and on her own blogs The Southern Dem and Americans Deserve the Truth, and in conjunction with reporting by Screwy Hoolie of Scrutiny Hooligans). Now it has made the rounds through the blogosphere and ended up in a press release from the North Carolina Democratic Party. Way to go, SD! (Jerry, where's the love for the local blogs?) Text below the fold.
Taylor’s Lip Service on Bush Forest Sale in Western NC Exposed
Raleigh—Reminiscent of last summer’s vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) in which Congressman Charles Taylor “missed” the vote and insured passage, he’s now talking out of both sides of his mouth about the Bush administration’s plan to sell 300,000 acres of national forest land, including 9,828 in Western North Carolina.
The Macon County News reported, “Rep. Charles Taylor told U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth March 9, that the proposal to sell up to 300,000 acres of national forest lands was ‘not going to happen,’ implying that the proposal was going nowhere.” [http://www.maconnews.com/]
However, the U.S Forest Service has a different version of the story.
“Imagine how surprised the USDA Forest Service communications office was this morning when I called them to verify that the sale was off…She replied emphatically, that the Bush administration still wanted to sell this land to support rural schools and that Mr. Taylor was wrong, the sale was not off.” [Posting by “Southern Dem” on the weblogs DailyKos and MyDD http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/3/24/13337/7247]
As Chair of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Taylor would oversee the budgeting of the sale. Thus, he will help implement the forest sale.
The Bush administration is moving forward and the comment period ends tomorrow, March 30. Concerned North Carolinians should email the U.S. Forest Service at SRS_Land_Sales@fs.fed.us .
“Unlike Governor Easley, who has shown real leadership on this issue and has contacted the Bush administration directly, Congressman Taylor is up to his usual lip service by implying that the sale was off. We know from CAFTA how good his word is,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jerry Meek. “I am grateful that the blogging community has brought to light Taylor’s latest shenanigan. We must protect our forest land. The people of Western North Carolina deserve a Congressman who will stand up for them.”