Best Of 2012

Local Zero
Harold Cogdell

Staff Pick


As the consummate smarmy sycophant of Mecklenburg County government, Harold Cogdell comes off as equal parts creepy and corrupt. Disloyal? Cogdell made a deal with the four Republican county commissioners to make himself the chairman, pulling a coup on shoo-in Democrat Jennifer Roberts. With his and the GOPers' votes, he secured the seat but then decided against re-election, dividing and only half-conquering. Self-absorbed? After the county commission mess, Cogdell considered running as an independent for the 9th Congressional District when Sue Myrick vacated the seat. His chances weren't good: An independent campaign dedicated to all things Cogdell? Let's just say folks weren't interested, and he quickly dropped that idea - one of his few commendable decisions. Runners-up in the hotly contested Local Zero category: Charlotte-area homophobes who supported Amendment One and comments by Chick-fil-A's intolerant CEO; the Charlotte Bobcats, with their season-ending 0-23 run; and the vocal minority who turned vicious and whiny when Soundboard was temporarily removed from the pages of CL.

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