One of the consistent fears about candidate Robert Pittenger, a former NC State Senator and currently running for the United States Congress in the 9th District (Union-Mecklenburg-Iredell) has been his connections to a network of land speculators who have used their elected office as a means to direct, coerce and cajole state road projects to their own benefit.
In Union County, Mr. Pittenger has a sordid reputation, specifically involving a specially tailored satellite annexation bill passed by the NC General Assembly to allow his Lawson subdivision to be annexed into Waxhaw for triple the density allowed under county zoning at the time and promise of the 30 arce gift to Waxhaw that has never happened.
Rep. William Current Sr., a Republican from Gastonia, sent an email to Perdue aide Pryor Gibson on June 12 saying that the lack of funding “would probably kill the project.”
Gibson, who represented Anson and Union counties in the N.C. House, is the senior adviser on legislative matters to the governor, who is not seeking re-election.
Records show that Current has had a financial interest in the road, too. He was an investor in land owned by former legislator Robert Pittenger, who is now in a Republican primary runoff for the 9th Congressional District. Pittenger has a stake in roughly 2,000 acres near four proposed parkway exits.
Current, who has lobbied to keep the parkway moving forward for years, said in 2008 that he had sold his interest in the Pittenger/Parkway land to his son. Current was at a funeral Monday and could not be reached for comment. He issued a statement saying the Garden Parkway “promises major economic development potential for all of North Carolina.”