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March 23, 2009

Del. McDonough takes aim at The Sun

We've gotten a barrage of e-mails today from supporters of Del Patrick McDonough who are upset that he was not quoted in stories last week about the $32 million in bonuses that Constellation Energy had planned to give to senior managers. (The company has since abandoned the bonuses, saying they had become "a distraction.") It appears that Del. McDonough has e-mailed his supporters to encourage them to write to our business editor and to the author of the story, Hannah Cho, and has provided them with talking points.

For the record, we recognize that Del. McDonough is one of the most consistent and vocal critics of Constellation in the legislature. We have quoted him on this issue many times before and will do so again. (In fact, I mentioned him on the radio this morning when discussing the case.) Copied below is a portion of the talking points Pat sent to his supporters:

State Senator James Rosapepe, a liberal Democrat from Montgomery County, was quoted frequently throughout the report. Senator Rosapepe has not asked for the resignation of Mr. Shattuck or created any legislation about Constellation management. Rosapepe did not hold a news conference about the bonuses. It seemed a bit odd that he would be mentioned so frequently in the Sun article.

Delegate McDonough's news conference was covered by many other newspapers and all 4 major television stations. The news conference was the lead story on television.

Delegate McDonough is the only elected official who has called for the removal of Shattuck and seriously questioned the executive leadership at Constellation.

Delegate McDonough handed out a news release to the Sun and other media outlets containing 20 key questions about Constellation.

There is no question the major media considered the McDonough news conference important and newsworthy. They all were in attendance and reported the story in a balanced and professional manner. None of them reported anything about Senator Rosapepe or his opinions.

Either the Sun is engaged in obvious biased reporting by snubbing Delegate McDonough or they lack the professional rigor to report all facts related to a story.

Posted by Andy Green at 2:05 PM | | Comments (3)


Why is Pat so eager to grab the spotlight? Is he looking to run for Baltimore County Executive?

Joe Steffen blogged some interesting comments about Pat. Well before Joe got "bored" with his blog that is.

Does anyone else recognize the hypocrisy in Mr. McDonough’s Constellation Energy Group policy positions? Mr. McDonough’s position on CEG is merely an expedient attempt by an irrelevant politican to say “look at me, I am doing something that matters!”

Never mind the hypocrisy of a fiscally conservative Republican suggesting that a government entity be able to summarily dismiss a corporate CEO, or to suggest that a corporate board cannot decide to whom they wish to sell their business without the input of inept legislators. I vote for Republicans because I don’t want them espousing a “productive partnership type of relationship between policy makers and Constellation,” or any corporation for that matter.

This is the first volley in a battle to reregulate BGE and Constellation. There are other ways, possibly through legislation, but possibly through other means, that we can encourage competition in energy transmission that doesn’t take us back to the days of government-run utilities.

Consistency has never been Del. McDonough's strong suit.

Before, during, and after the 2007 special session he demagogued against spending and the tax increases, but he and 7 of his Republican colleagues voted FOR Medicaid expansion during that very special session:

It was the right way to vote, but his anti-tax and spend rhetoric drips with hypocrisy.

- Steve Lebowitz

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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