GWINNETT IS GREAT (Feb. 8, 2016) – Protesters continue to hound Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter for his asinine Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. John Lewis, (D-Ga.) “a racist pig.” But county voters should be used to his boneheaded comments.
Only a year ago, Hunter slammed his home county and its economic development efforts after NCR announced plans to relocate its global headquarters and regional operations from Satellite Boulevard in Gwinnett County to Midtown Atlanta and other northern suburbs. Here’s what Hunter thought, according to a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, about the loss of NCR, easily Gwinnett County’s largest economic-development win ever (right, Nick Masino?)
In an email (obtained by the paper under Georgia’s Open Records law) to Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash after NCR’s announcement, Gwinnett commissioner Tommy Hunter said NCR’s move is one reason he doesn’t like incentives. He expects the company’s announced northern campus will be “somewhere ‘cool’ like Alpharetta or Sandy Springs,” and not in Gwinnett. “We can’t compete,” he wrote.
So, while people still incensed by Hunter’s comments about Lewis protest, voters should focus on Hunter’s conduct when promoting Gwinnett and trying to retain and attract the jobs they’d like to have.