Raleigh councilwoman's dog sends message to GOP

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 01:12 PM

Republican lawmakers are attempting to kill a land deal for a new Raleigh park, and City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin has turned to social media to express her outrage with the help of her dog Jack.

Baldwin on Friday posted a photo on Facebook of her Maltese-Yorkie mix. The dog named for the anti-terror agent from the TV show "24" is relieving himself on a marble column outside the North Carolina General Assembly.

The Democratic councilwoman concedes the image is undiplomatic, but suggests it is emblematic of the Republican-dominated body's treatment of the state's citizens.

Bills introduced Thursday would essentially tear up a contract allowing Raleigh to lease the grounds of the closed Dorothea Dix mental hospital for a regional park. GOP lawmakers say the deal is not good for taxpayers.