A screen grab from Twitter shows Assemblyman Kevin McCarty’s true feelings about Sacramento’s arena deal. Lillis, Ryan - Sacramento
A screen grab from Twitter shows Assemblyman Kevin McCarty’s true feelings about Sacramento’s arena deal. Lillis, Ryan - Sacramento

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Former Sacramento councilman: City residents ‘barfed on’ by arena deal

By Ryan Lillis

rlillis@sacbee.com

July 14, 2015 10:27 AM

You only thought you knew how Kevin McCarty felt about the city’s financing agreement of a new downtown sports arena.

McCarty tweeted on Monday that he and most city voters felt “barfed on” by the city’s deal to provide $255 million to the $507 million project.

Anyone who’s followed the arena saga knows McCarty, who is now serving in the state Assembly, was City Hall’s loudest critic of the arena plan. He voted against the project at nearly every turn and was a star witness in a recent trial that alleged the arena deal included hidden “sweeteners” designed to help the Kings new ownership group make up for the purchase of the team.

But it wasn’t until television host John Oliver made a quick jab at the deal that McCarty expressed his true feelings.

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Oliver railed against public subsidies of sports stadiums for 20 minutes during an episode over the weekend of his show, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” The segment included a graphic depicting a guy in a Kings shirt throwing up on another man in front of Sleep Train Arena.

McCarty took to Twitter with his take: “Yep, unfortunately that’s how I feel (barfed on) – along with the majority of City of Sac voters/taxpayers....,” he wrote Monday afternoon.