Frederick Conference on Federal Spending Flies Under the Radar
A conference was held on Monday, October 28 in Frederick, MD to discuss federal funding and it’s impact on Frederick County. The conference included Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman John Delaney, Senator Benjamin Cardin as well as many local officials.
The conference was coordinated by Leidos Biomedical Research, a part of SAIC, and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. It was held at the Leidos office in Riverside Research Park.
The only online evidence of the conference’s existence though appears to be one Tweet from Congressman Delaney leading to this article published today in the Frederick News Post.
— Rep. John Delaney (@RepJohnDelaney) October 29, 2013
Apart from that tweet, none of the Maryland’s congressional delegation tweeted anything about the event on the day it occurred or since.
It seems very odd that an event of this magnitude with congressmen and senators participating can take place without any social media footprint.
There’s no direct evidence that yesterday’s conference was intentionally hidden from the general public but recent events make one wonder.
Since the recent gerrymandering put this conservative leaning region’s congressional representation in the hands of the Democrats, we’ve observed quite a bit of stand-offishness when it comes to dealing with the public. Last summer, Carroll County Democrats tried to prevent tea party activists from attending a public event with Chris Van Hollen which forced Van Hollen to distance himself from the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee.
Update: County Commissioner Billy Shreve responded to questions about the nature of the event.
“It was an invitation only event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Leidos, the contractor that runs the labs at Fort Detrick. The company name was SAIC but recently changed. It was sort of a community leadership forum. events like this happen all the time and are usually invitation only.”
I wonder when Delaney or Van Hollen will come to speak about federal spending in a public forum in Frederick. I won’t hold my breath.