Politician Says Sailing is Elitist
Published on April 1st, 2016
(April 1, 2016) – An Annapolis delegate is blocking funding to build the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, saying it was a waste of taxpayers’ money.
“Before the multi-millionaires on the NSHOF Board reach into the pocket of those less fortunate to fund their building, they need to reach into their own offshore accounts,” said Del. Herb McMillan, R-Annapolis. “The government is not a charity for these elitist sailors with their premium AMEX cards.”
McMillan has grown tired of the reputation that sailing has given Annapolis. “Ego Alley is our absurd landmark in the heart of the city,” notes the politician. “The only purpose of the parade of yachts that traverse this dead end canal is to see and be seen.”
“I don’t know where (McMillan’s) coming from,” National Sailing Hall of Fame Executive Director Lee Tawney said when asked about the delegate’s comments. “Has he never crossed the Spa Creek Bridge? The sign entering town says, ‘America’s Sailing Capital’.”
McMillan’s amendment was rejected by a 55-77 vote, and since then has been unable to get service at the Boatyard Bar & Grill.