Everyone knows that Senate President Pro Tempore Mark Basnight (D-Dare) is one of the most powerful (if not THE most powerful) political leader in North Carolina.
However, for him to claim a statewide mandate may be a little far fetched.
According to the News & Observer when asked about the $1.2 billion in new debt proposed in the Senate budget without voter approval, Sen. Basnight responded:
Basnight said he did not see the need for a referendum on the capital projects.
"The voters elected me to make some decisions," he said.
Uh, Senator, according to the State Board of Elections, only about 30,398 voters elected you, so let’s hold off on claiming some kind of statewide mandate to saddle all us taxpayers with debt.