Contact:Bob Harris

Even as the Greensboro Coliseum was losing millions, city records show no hint Coliseum Commissioner Mark Walker ever objected to a $51,000 raise for the Coliseum's Director.

Remember Mark Walker gives as a qualification for Congress, ''I was appointed to the Greensboro City Council’s War Memorial Commission that oversees the Greensboro Coliseum and other venues. I work with the budget/finance team within the commission ''

But look at Mark Walker's record overseeing the Greensboro Coliseum.

Despite a $2 million budget deficit at the Coliseum requiring taxpayers to make up the hole , the News and Record reported ''In July, City Manager Denise Turner Roth signed an agreement increasing Coliseum Director Matt Brown’s salary of about $212,000 by about $51,000 to $263,000, retroactive to Jan. 1.

The city also agreed to give Brown a one-time payment of an additional $51,000, under a contract released by the city Thursday. ''

Instead of objecting to that lavish pay package, War Memorial Commission minutes show Mark Walker said nothing, preferring to go along to get along.

He might be a nice guy. But if taxpayers can't count on Mark Walker to fight waste at the Greensboro Coliseum, how can he handle Washington?

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