6:20 PM Williams forwards to Kohn, Yeisley’s confirmation that the original July Employment Situation report is “checked and good.”
6:33 PM Kohn emails Adamec detailing how the report was posted. Kohn writes that he cannot tell Adamec how Yeisley “believed that these discussion points were fit for dissemination given the tone of our discussion, which made clear that we would emphasize private sector job growth with some cautionary notes about slowing in the pace of growth. I cannot say how the Ehrlich camp got it, the first I heard of the posting was when Secretary Sanchez emailed me at about 3 p.m. after it was pointed out to him and Jackie Lichter by Secretary Johansson. The Ehrlich campaign’s release to the media on this issue came about two hours later.”
This is the second email Kohn refers to the “discussion” about vetting the raw data and talking points. There is no way of verifying Kohn’s depiction of the “tone” of the discussion because we don’t have any corroborating documents. The PIA response letter from Assistant Attorney General Trimble describes any such documents as “pre-decisional” and release of any such documents would “inhibit debate and discussion within the agency and would this impair thus impair the integrity of the agency’s decision making process.” However, the documents that were released already question the integrity of the agency’s decision making process, and it is very much in the public interest to have the documents her office withheld released.
9:06 PM Kohn emails Adaemc notifying him that he sent a statement to the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun reporters who inquired about the missing report. Kohn also thanked Adamec for his “guidance in helping limit the damage.” [Emphasis mine]
These documents alone reveal the involvement of the governor’s office and other high ranking executives in the O’Malley administration. They reveal a worried press secretary, Shaun Adamec, tracking DLLR officials making sure the report was removed from the agency website and a new more politically correct version posted in it’s place.
Political factors—the gubernatorial campaign—clearly weighed on the those involved as evidenced by Adamec’s inquiry as to how the Ehrlich campaign obtained the scrubbed employment report, and Jaclyn Lichter’s forwarding the Ehrlich press release to DLLR communications director, Bernie Kohn.
While there are many questions left to be answered one thing is for sure. The O’Malley administration was less than truthful with us about the employment situation in Maryland, and they spent a great deal of time and effort to cover it up.
Perhaps the principals involved in this matter should have read the email signature of DLLR Office of Workforce Information and Performance Director, Carolyn Mitchell:
“Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is looking.”