Facebook Post On Tim Newman's Page Rips Mayor Foxx
A post ripping Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx appeared on Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority executive Tim Newman's Facebook page early this morning, and was then taken down. The posting said, "Hey Mayor Foxx when you create a job call me....otherwise go to the place you deserve...that would be Hell." The posting was first reported by Stacey Simms of WBT Radio and WBTV's Web site. Simms reached Newman on Friday, who told her that he didn't make the post and that someone stole his phone. CRVA spokesperson Molly Hedrick told the Observer this morning that Newman's cell phone was taken and his "his Facebook page was accessed by someone who posted the negative comment." Hedrick said Newman removed the post as soon as he was aware of it. She said he has his phone back. In July, the CRVA board said it would hire a new CEO by the end of the year and then demote Newman to a executive position in charge of sales and marketing. The board made the decision after intense pressure from Foxx and the City Council, who had been critical of Newman's management of the taxpayer-supported authority. The City Council, at Foxx's urging, had twice voted against giving the CRVA its full budget request of $10 million for the current spending year. After the board announced it would be hiring a new chief executive, council members voted to release the full $10 million. Foxx and Newman couldn't be reached by the Observer this morning. After council members voted to release the money in July, Foxx said during the meeting that the impasse wasn't about "one person." But Foxx had suggested in public that the CRVA should get a new leader. The CRVA board recently made a number of policy changes in response to Observer stories earlier this year. The CRVA will no longer employees to receive bonuses earmarked from clients. It also tightened its expense policy, a change made after it was reported that Newman would routinely buy himself and local business leaders tickets and expensive meals.