Our story in today's N&O got cut for space, so please read the longer version coming in Sunday's Chapel Hill News. Here is more of what people are saying in response to the resignation of Orange County economic development director Bradly (that is how he spells it) Broadwell:
County Manager Frank Clifton: "Brad raised some good issues when he was here. Every situation requires the right person at the right time. Right now we don't have a clear idea of where we're headed."
Orange County Commissioners Chair Bernadette Pelissier: "He may have been taken a little out of context. He was new and he might not have understood all the political ramifications and probably should have been more careful."
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce CEO Aaron Nelson: "He really pushed. He pushed hard both publicly and privately ... He brought an outside perspective and sometimes spoke truth to power. He was very direct."
Broadwell hasn't returned our calls, so it's hard to know the full story behind his sudden resignation. Clearly he pushed Orange County closer to where it is now, more focused on economic development. Did his plain spokenness hurt him? Two years ago we called him "the John Edwards of economic development" for quotes like this: "I don't see populist economics being discussed. I see Ph.D. economics being discussed." The Edwards comparison stings two years later, but Broadwell said what he thought, even if he didn't always check with his superiors before opening his mouth. His views on job growth and retention questioned the status quo.