Franchot Fires Back At Miller
Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) fired back this afternoon at Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), suggeting he was "impressed by the length" of a letter Miller sent earlier this week -- but not much else.
"It was yet another illustration of what is broken and dysfunctional about Annapolis," Franchot wrote in his two-page response to Miller's four-page letter, which criticized Franchot as a novice who was not committed to working with others on state budget problems.
"In light of your corrspondence, in which you questioned my motives, credibility, integrity, seriousness and effectiveness as a public servant, I'll confess that I was tempted to respond in kind," Franchot wrote.
"I was tempted," Franchot contined, "to compare my 22-year record of public service with yours as Senate President, one in which your formidable legislative prowess has often been overshadowed by intemperate public remarks, acrimonious personal feuds, unconditional fealty to the interests of the national gambling industry, and stories of brass-knuckle political tactics that would cause the hardest-bitten of Tammany Hall ward-heelers to blush. However, in the interest of restoring civility and purpose to the public debate, I won't go there."
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