By: Michael G. Plumides, Jr. JD
I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks now. Over the past several months, I’ve spoken with a lot of news outlets, all begging for my take on the whole McCrory/Chick-fil-a connection. The problem was, many were reluctant to write a story based on my findings because there was no “smoking gun” – my theory was mostly conjecture, therefore they didn’t want to print it, no matter how correct I was or how much sense it made. (Go here for the story: https://michaelplumides.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/governor-pat-mccrory-and-chick-fil-a-conspire-to-send-north-carolina-jobs-to-georgia/) – I mean, let’s face it, I’m that guy who went to jail with GWAR, not Wolf Blitzer.
Although I’m not the “mainstream media” (but the original blog did get 40,000 hits so I ain’t no schlub AND Oderus was the “intergalactic correspondent” on Fox News’ Red Eye), I think that fact works in my favor because it affords me the opportunity to speak the truth without a filter, so I have carte blanche to say whatever the hell I want about cronyism and crooked politicians in my state. Anyway, my theory was confirmed in such a random way that I feel the necessity to share it with you, dear reader. This will really blow your mind.
According to a North Carolina “Actor” (I will not name at this time) who was on a location in Georgia where a feature film was shooting in January, he randomly struck up a conversation with the Representative of District 25 named Burt Jones (a close friend of the Cathy family) who just happened to be on set (and wouldn’t you know it – it was his house). Unwittingly, the State Senator confirmed my theory regarding campaign funding, film incentives, and interests adverse to job creation in our state otherwise known as the “Chick-fil-a/McCrory Connection”:
(1) The Cathy Family are supporters and dear friends of Governor McCrory,
(2) The Cathy family are also campaign financiers who donated a considerable amount of money to McCrory’s gubernatorial candidacy and other GOP campaigns in North Carolina,
(3) The position of the North Carolina GOP to let the film incentive lapse was partly engineered by the Cathy Family (who funded Pinewood Studios in Atlanta),
(4) The public posturing by the North Carolina GOP to not support the incentive has influenced production work to no longer consider North Carolina and choose Georgia instead,
(5) The Republicans in the NC Senate posturing to not support the incentive renewal and let it lapse in 2015 also influenced Marvel Studios to sign a four-year contract with Pinewood Studios (if you remember – Iron Man 3 was shot in Wilmington, NC, the top grossing film of 2013) thus solidifying Marvel as the much needed anchor tenant, guaranteeing the Cathy’s investment.
The funny thing is, the “actor” hadn’t read my original blog until two months afterward, so there was no collusion between he and I. The noob “State Senator” offered the information after the actor indicated he was from North Carolina, and commented on the state of affairs regarding some film projects bypassing NC and going to Georgia due to the incentives flux. What’s even funnier is, the Senator went on about it, laughing and carrying on as if it were common knowledge.
Republicans take care of each other. Of the few Republicans in the film business – the Cathy Family just happened to be the closest to North Carolina’s GOP who actually benefit from the industry… with a disposable income in the billions. They donated money to McCrory, and in turn McCrory appointed Marcella Ramirez-Savage (Chick-fil-a Marketing Director) to the North Carolina Board of Education as a little token of appreciation. The big delivery was the GOP’s overt negative position on the film incentives and creating instability in North Carolina regarding film and television production. It was a brilliant play.
Now it’s a moot point for the North Carolina GOP to scuttle our film incentives. Whether it was a ruse or not I cannot determine – but as the GOP are serving masters outside of our state, and those masters have now benefited from that service, it would behoove them to vote for extending the incentives, as most of their policies are highly unpopular right now in the wake of the “coal ash”, “cutting unemployment benefits” and “teacher’s salaries” controversies. The incentives have been proven a viable economic boost for our North Carolina economy. http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/09/3687545/north-carolina-deciding-again.html
Think about what “Bridge-gate” did to Chris Christie… this is a helluva lot more egregious than that. I will release the names when the time comes.
That’s pretty much it. I discovered this. If my findings ever grab Vice‘s attention, please know that crazy Plumides guy figured it out before everyone.
Deep throat finally exposes himself! Wilmington actor, David Schifter, recently owned up to his whistle blower status, who stated that McCrory was bought and sold by Georgia in the comments section on a similar article by a Georgia resident, Ryan Felton, on the “Casting Exchange” website:
“I am the actor who had that conversation with the GA senator, Burt Jones. It took place at his lakefront home. A beautiful log style home that was the day’s location for a film I was working on in January. We talked and made simple conversation which quickly turned to the NC/GA state of the film industry. He said straight out ‘Gov. McCrory had “handed over his state’s film production industry to Georgia.’ As he should have been, Sen. Jones was thrilled. He made the Chick-fil-a connection as well.”
“I voted for McCrory. It was a mistake I won’t make again nor will I allow speaker Tillis a shot at re-election. Power corrupts, and these men do not have the interest of the majority of North Carolinians and choose to sneak out back doors at public events where film proponents attend. What does that say about the men who destroyed a two-generation industry here?”
Schifter, and admitted Republican, went on to say:
“I had a first hand conversation with a GA senator at his lakefront log home in January about the industry in NC and there in GA. I was at his home filming scenes for a faith-based film called “Virtuous.” He was very clear that NC Governor McCrory, and I quote; “handed the (North Carolina) film industry over to Georgia.
Another interesting fact about NC’s dear leader is that Chick-fil-a often caters McCrory’s state house events. But McCrory will be a one term governor who is already tied up in a couple scandals. It’s just a damn shame he will have ruined a great industry that positively affected so many. How’s the real estate market around Atlanta? I may be packing it up and heading where people understand when they have a good thing and aren’t abusive and selfish.”
So there you have it folks – your smoking gun. There were people that doubted the validity of my claim. I will be honest with you, I embellish sometimes to make a story interesting but I’m not a good liar. Here’s the link: