However, his most recent quote in the Lake Norman Citizen takes the cake. It shows an utter disdain for anyone who disagrees with him whether they be a citizen or a fellow elected official. Referring to those who oppose the HOT Lanes plan for I77 Mayor Woods says...
Ironically, he has a long history of using this divisive tactic on major local issues where he's the one who turned out to be wrong.
In 2012 regarding the now sidetracked Red Line commuter rail project, John Woods had this to say in DavdisonNews.net ...
Were those opposing the Red Line in 2012 spreading misinformation? Or were they right?
Let's go even further back in time to 2007 and we'll find, John Woods saying this to DavdisonNews.net about the oh so successful Mi-Connection deal he helped push through.
Some of the Davidson locals who opposed this disaster had experience in high finance, technology, and telecommunications. One such person, former Mi-Connection Chairman, John Venzon, opposed the decision to create the company, but he then had the courage to step in and spend years cleaning up the mess John Woods helped create.
Again, were those opposed to this decision spreading misinformation, or were they right?
So, back to the widening of I77...
Mayor Woods has recently become the face of the HOT Lanes project among local elected officials. He is the project's most vocal champion, and so the "misinformation" accusations start flying. This time however, he's taking the rhetoric one step further claiming other leaders have somehow become "scared" by HOT Lanes opponents - by people who are simply asking questions and demanding information about a project that will impact their lives for decades.
Let's be clear. The other elected officials who are questioning the project aren't scared. They are doing their jobs to protect the citizens who elected them - a job that Mayor Woods has failed at repeatedly in the past.