Opponent hits Del. McConkey on real estate license
Republican Del. Tony McConkey's Democratic challenger unleashed a scathing attack on the incumbent this morning, calling McConkey a “bi-partisan fraudster” in response to reports that that a state regulatory commission suspended his real estate license on Monday after he admitted violating rules designed to protect homeowners during foreclosure proceedings.
At the regulatory hearing, McConkey , a member of the House of Delegates since 2003, admitted that he violated the Protection of Homeowners in Foreclosure Act – a law he voted for twice in the General Assembly. Under the terms of his agreement, McConkey did not admit to “fraud or misrepresentation,” according to a representative from the Maryland Real Estate Commission. He has not been charged with any crime.
A lawyer for three women alleged McConkey tricked them into signing over their homes to him and left them homeless.
Madonna Brennan, who is running against McConkey to represent District 33A, called McConkey a “criminal” and said he “continually victimizes the voters of their district.”
“This is not a partisan issue,” said Brennan, of Gambrills. “I don’t believe Del. McConkey cares if you are a Republican, Democrat or an Independent. He is a bipartisan fraudster. … You don’t get to be a delegate by day and a criminal night.”
McConkey could not be reached for comment this morning. His legislative assistant Barbara Wilson said he was taking a class for the next three days and was unavailable. She said no one in the office could comment in his absence.
This is not the first time McConkey has been accused of wrongdoing related to his real estate dealings.
In 2009, a county Circuit Court jury ordered McConkey to pay $11,000 to a woman who signed her home over to him, although the jury ruled that McConkey did not intentionally defraud her.