Gov. Martin O’Malley mentioned Delmarva Poultry Industry’s Bill Satterfield by name and questioned his truthfulness during his speech Thursday.
“Bill Satterfield, you have not always been straight up with me on our dealings on the phosphorus index, but you know what my friend, I’m going to continue to work with you,” O’Malley said.
O’Malley also challenged president of the Charles County Farm Bureau David Hancock Jr. over comments he made in a newspaper asserting that O’Malley was the largest threat to agriculture in the state.
“Honestly, David, I don’t think so,” O’Malley said.
During Friday morning’s meeting of the Eastern Shore delegation, Eckardt said she would send a letter from the delegation to the governor’s office.
“I thought his comments were totally inappropriate and out of line,” Eckardt said.
Otto, who is also a farmer in Somerset County, said Satterfield isn’t untruthful.
“I think he deserves an apology from the governor or at least someone in his administration,” Otto said. “I was quite perturbed.”