Franchot’s Bad Form

I attended the Pasadena Business Association candidates forum tonight at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall and the night was slightly marred by the unfortunate antics of Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Franchot arrived at the Fire Hall shortly after the event started, and the first words out of his mouth were “That’s it?” when looking at the number of people in attendance. Not a great start with a number of folks still milling around the door.

Franchot then proceeded to give his remarks, however two minutes into them the timer went off. You see, all candidates who were giving remarks had a two minute opening statement. Franchot was no exception. However when the buzzer went off, Franchot began to complain that he was “promised three to five minutes” and that “he came all the way out here” and did not want to give only two minute remarks. He continued his remarks, however, still smarting about the original cutoff. He concluded his remarks, said goodbye to a few Democratic politicos, and just left before the representative from the Bill Campbell campaign even started his remarks.

Franchot’s behavior was so bad that even the moderator for the debate commented about it and asked if anybody else had any problems with the pre-printed agenda, though they were certainly not going to change it for anyone. Needless to say, there were a lot of small business owners and local community residents who were extremely put off by Franchot’s attitude problem.

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Franchot’s antics were said. But it is very indicative of the Democratic sense of entitlement and privilege here in Maryland. Remember that when you go to the polls….

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