Bipartisan coalition still fighting Cobb Braves stadium

11:33 PM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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  • Drawings of new Cobb County Atlanta Braves stadium
  • Rich Pellegrino
  • Cobb County Commission

COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Chamber of commerce backed cheers filled the Cobb County Commission room November 26th when a 4 to 1 vote approved the deal for a new Atlanta Braves stadium near I-75 and I-285.

But two weeks later, many who opposed the quickly moving process are still saying, 'not so fast'.

A hastily assembled bipartisan coalition of conservatives, liberals, Tea Party activists, environmentalists and government watch dog groups who tried to slow it down are still trying.

"We're adding people and organizations every day," Rich Pellegrino told 11 Alive News on Monday.

The Cobb County liberal activist said the coalition plans to present a formal list of questions to Cobb County Commissioners in a few days.

They want more specific answers about how Cobb will finance its 45% share of the $672-million project.

If they don't like the answers, Pellegrino said he and his conservative allies have other plans.

"We're leaving all options open, including perhaps a formal complaint to the ethics board, legal action, recalls, you name it," he added.

The commission's quick vote also means possible political opposition, especially from the right.

Neva Lent, President of Cobb Regional Republican Women, confirmed to 11 Alive that she will run for a seat on the commission.

Two other possible challengers could be former Cobb County Commission Chairman Bill Byrne, who lost a comeback attempt to unseat Chairman Tim Lee in 2012, and former congressional candidate Michael Opitz.

While not all in the bipartisan coalition necessarily oppose the Cobb Braves stadium in principle, they all believe it was crammed through without enough transparency and discussion.

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