We received a bunch of calls and emails the past few days about Fox 45 News stories about the Baltimore County Inspector General (IG) getting grilled by the County Council.
Just to clarify, the former FBI agent in that story, who promised he would get to the bottom of the corruption plaguing the county government, works for the IG’s office.
As we said back in March, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
But we digress on that … for now. We’ve got a whole binder full of information that we will share about ‘Mr. Q.’ down the road.
Rather, let’s take a long, focused look at what is really happening with the County Council suddenly changing its mind about having an IG office.
The whole goal of the IG office was to improve transparency within the county government. Remember, that was one of Commie Johnny’s campaign promises.
A year later, two council members—Council Chair Julian Jones and Councilwoman Cathy Bevins—said they have ‘issues’ with the work produced by IG Kelly Madigan.
The complaints were pretty interesting, to say the least. Madigan’s reports were denounced as “fluff.” The questioning from the IG’s office has some county employees losing sleep at night.
Ms. Bevins also questioned why the IG’s business cards were two sided.
Let that sink in a moment, folks. We will wait while you giggle.
Clearly, the extra $40 spent to print on the other side of the cards should be a major concern to county taxpayers, right?
Nope. Not even close. That’s like complaining that someone took a handful of sand from the beach in Ocean City. It’s not a drop in the bucket; it’s a drop in the reservoir.
We’re now left to ponder the real motives behind the council members torpedoing the IG’s office idea.
If this were a (non-virtual) classroom setting, we would be raising our hand to get the teacher to call on us.
Folks, the reason people in the county government are now trying to quash the IG office is because those people are scared.
They are scared that the ‘low-hanging fruit’ the IG’s office is investigating now will soon give way to the more serious matters … and lead to some people pretty high up in the current administration, as well as former administrations.
And once those flood gates open, there is no stopping the sewage that comes out.
In our opinion, the IG could potentially uncover a plethora of garbage past and present, from Jim Smith and John Olszewski Sr. to the ‘VO’ connection (John Vontran and Johnny O).
Among all those players, there are tons of proverbial skeletons piled in closets, proverbial bodies buried everywhere, and a ‘follow the money’ trail several miles long.
Are council members Jones and Bevins lashing out at the IG because they are puppets getting their strings pulled by those lurking in the shadows, or are they trying to proactively preempt an investigation into their own muck?
We can’t know for sure, but we’d be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that the truth lies somewhere in there.
Will the IG be given the resources to look into the real issues in Baltimore County? Will the former FBI agent on the county payroll have the guts to bite the hand that feeds him? Will the garbage once again get swept under the proverbial rug like it has so many times in the past?
Only time will tell, folks. We suggest you buckle up because it is going to be a bumpy ride.