Cobb chair ousted over Braves deal: ‘How about we catch a ballgame?’

Tim Lee, the incumbent Cobb County Commission chairman, with a TV crew at a construction site this week. Jim Galloway, jgalloway@ajc.com

Tim Lee, the incumbent Cobb County Commission chairman, with a TV crew at a construction site last month. Jim Galloway, jgalloway@ajc.com

Cobb Commission chair Tim Lee was ousted by residents infuriated over the county’s stadium deal, but he got a helluva last word in.

Lee was clobbered in Tuesday’s runoff by Mike Boyce in a runoff that was seen as a proxy fight over the secretive negotiations to bring the Atlanta Braves to Cobb. In a farewell note late Wednesday, he thanked his friends and voters for their support:

“I wanted to make a positive difference for my community. Thirteen years later, I can safely say that I’ve done that. In my last term, Cobb County landed the biggest economic development deal in its modern history. That investment – however unfairly maligned and misrepresented – is already paying off and will enrich this community long after many of us are gone.”

The not-so-subtle subtext of his comments is that the stadium’s legacy will prove his decision right. And then, to reinforce the point:

Annette and I are incredibly grateful for what you have meant in our lives. We appreciate the effort you put in to this year’s campaign. The election is over; our friendship is not. How about we catch a ballgame together? I know a great place about to open up. It’s in the neighborhood.

Read more about the race here.


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