For months Charlotte's public officials repeated their mantra about the city's airport: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Republican legislators ignored that in transferring airport control from the city first to an authority and then to a commission. The matter is currently in court.
The city has argued all along that the airport has thrived under its control.
So City Manager Ron Carlee couldn't help taking a swipe at comments made in Saturday's Observer by former aviation director Jerry Orr and former Mayor Richard Vinroot, now attorney for the proposed commission.
"Good Morning!" Carlee said in an email to council members. "Mr. Orr's comments in today's Observer are priceless regarding the audits and studies that we are doing -- if contradiction doesn't get you, paradox will."
The story, which dealt with the city's current audits of the airport, quoted Orr saying, "It seems to me that Charlotte is a model, not one in need of being fixed."
"It looks like a solution in search of a problem," he said of the audits. "That's what I think."
Carlee also cited a quote from Vinroot. "I wonder if they aren't trying to find something wrong with this spectacular successful airport," he said.
Charlotte Observer political reporters