ONE-ON-ONE Interview with Mayor Dan Clodfelter on Airport Contro -

ONE-ON-ONE Interview with Mayor Dan Clodfelter on Airport Controversy and Coal Ash

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Charlotte, NC - Just hours after Dan Clodfelter spoke to the crowd at his swearing in ceremony, he told My Fox Carolinas the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind. Clodfelter said, “There’s been no thinking time. There’s just been time to put your head down and keep moving.”

Clodfelter took office exactly two weeks after former Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on federal corruption charges. While speaking at his swearing-in ceremony, Clodfelter said, “I wish for our city, and not just for me, that we never have a repeat of the circumstances that brought me to this podium.”

We asked Clodfelter where he stands on the battle between the state legislature and the City of Charlotte over control of the airport. Clodfelter said, “We need to move past this.”

Clodfelter’s former colleague in the state Senate Bob Rucho helped draft a bill to take away the city’s power over the airport. Rucho says it was to safeguard the airport from what he refers to as “cronyism.”

The new mayor is standing up for the city. Clodfelter said, “I would say to him that none of the allegations about what happened in this office in the past had anything to do with the airport in any way shape or form. I certainly wouldn’t say that just because the Speaker of the House a number of years ago fell into some illegal activities that we should take the University of North Carolina system away from the state of North Carolina. None of that had anything to do with the state’s ownership and management of the University of North Carolina. None of this has anything to do with the city’s stewardship of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.”

On the issue of coal ash and the recent spill in the Dan River, Clodfelter says he’ll stay out of it because his law firm represents a group that may be partnering with Duke Energy to possibly move coal ash to a lined pit at the airport. He said, “I do not feel I should participate in the development of that issue. There are plenty of good folks to work on the development of that issue.”

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