From Patrick McGrady:
The City of Aberdeen Ethics Commission issued a Decision today, ruling that Mayor Michael Bennett, President of the Maryland Municipal League, violated multiple sections of the Aberdeen City Code.
The Decision follows an official Complaint filed with the City of Aberdeen Ethics Commission by Patrick McGrady. McGrady’s complaint addressed multiple laws in Aberdeen that were violated, and the Ethics Commission ruling concurred on all points except one.
McGrady said, “We must hold all of our elected officials to high standards of integrity. It is very unfortunate that Mayor Bennett did not follow the law, and for the sake of Aberdeen’s future, I hope that his future behavior will be more ethical.”
Inside the Decision, the Ethics Commission and the City Attorney established that Mayor Bennett was representing the City of Aberdeen in his trip to Augusta, where he lobbied in support of the Ripken Baseball group, a business that has ongoing negotiations with the City. The Ripken Group is pursuing a deal in Augusta, in which the City of Augusta would help fund a new Stadium construction project.
McGrady contends that “even more disappointing than the legal violations that took place is the fact that Mayor Bennett, during his Ripken-paid trip to Augusta, told the people of Augusta that the Ripken Stadium has been a good deal for the City. The truth is that Aberdeen taxpayers lose hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, and we need to get out from under that debt.”
“The Aberdeen City Election is being held on Tuesday, November 8. The people of Aberdeen need to consider this new evidence when deciding who to trust as the Mayor for four years.”
Patrick McGrady is a candidate for Mayor in the Aberdeen Election to be held on Tuesday, November 8th at the Aberdeen Senior Center. The McGrady Mayoral Campaign has focused on restoring the honesty to government in Aberdeen, reducing taxes, and reducing water bills.