That’s not me saying, it’s the N&R reporting:

The City Council has splintered under the pressure of deciding whether to build a downtown performing arts center.

Council members have accused the project’s chief supporter, Mayor Robbie Perkins, of strong-arming them. Perkins said his colleagues are showing a “lack of leadership” on the issue.

Council member Jim Kee added Perkins pressured him to vote to fund the center with limited obligation bonds, holding projects in his district over his head. The N&R quotes Kee as saying Perkins has “blinders on, and he just wants to see this thing happen, not considering whether or not we can afford it.”

Kee was a member of the gang that the Rhino’s John Hammer dubbed the Perkinettes. Good to see they’re not marching in lockstep on this issue.

I also can’t help but wonder how supporters who spoke so passionately in favor of the PAC and what it would do for the ‘community’ feel reading the bare naked truth that it all comes down to strong-arm politics.