Apparently because it was not invited to attend that meeting, the Daily Times has filed a complaint that the meeting violated Maryland's "Open Meetings Law," under which the Counsel is required to conduct its formal business – i.e., decision-making such as legislation - in public meetings.
The meeting mentioned above was held for the purpose of obtaining information, and no formal decision was made or, according to the Council's president, John Cannon, discussed by its members at that meeting. But, the Daily Times has gotten someone who is affiliated with the local mainstream media trade group – Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association-to raise a ruckus by suggesting that a violation occurred. Although the Daily Times' hit man, Craig O’Donnell (a reporter for the "Kent County News"),has no specific knowledge about what occurred during the meeting, he says that because of its “format” the Council "went over the edge." This baseless and outrageous accusation, but for the deference permitted by the courts in bashing public officials, would support a slander suit against O'Donnell.
This is the latest episode in the Daily Times's management's ongoing effort at retribution for Mr. Culver's defeat of Rick Pollitt in last year's election. They just can't get over it, just as they still don't understand why it happened. Thus, they want to bring him down as soon as possible in order to perpetuate the status quo that came to be during Pollock's tenure as the Wicomico County Executive.