For months Gov. Pat McCrory insisted the controversy over who should run Charlotte's airport was a "local dispute." Days after North Carolina legislators passed a bill creating a new airport authority, and the city of Charlotte got a court order to stop it, the governor is involved.
At the governor's request, Charlotte's city attorney went to Raleigh for a secretive meeting at the governor's mansion. Bob Hagemann met with Richard Vinroot, who said he's representing the new authority, and Bob Stephens who is the governor's chief legal adviser.
No one would say what was discussed in the meeting.
Vinroot confirmed to Eyewitness News that he'd attended but said, "It would be inappropriate to talk about what was discussed."
Last week the city sued both the new Airport Authority and the North Carolina Legislature over the bill that created the authority. For months city leaders have complained the state was trying to steal the airport. State leaders have said they're concerned with the way the City of Charlotte is running the airport and want an independent authority to take over.
Monday's meeting, brokered by McCrory, though, is raising eyebrows.
State Sen. Bob Rucho, who championed the airport authority bill, said, "I'm not sure why the governor is in the middle of this at all."
Rucho said he is concerned that no one representing the North Carolina Legislature was in Monday's meeting at the governor's mansion, since the legislature is one of the defendants in the City of Charlotte's lawsuit.
"All the defendants should be included in that, " Rucho said, "which includes the attorney general, who is representing the state of North Carolina."
The temporary restraining order that has the status of the new airport authority in limbo will be discussed next Monday when a judge hears from both sides in a case that will determine who runs the airport in the future.