The Developer Cartel's Goal

The Developer Cartel's Goal
No Longer "The Liberty Building"

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paul Gunther Tells Whoppers

First there was commissioner candidate Phil Dumenil admitting that he had not earned a college diploma.  He quickly removed this claim from his campaign website as well as his business website when a document (click here to see that document) was produced refuting his initial assertion that he had a college degree.  I can’t for the life of me comprehend how anyone could suffer uncertainty over such a momentous event.

Next came commissioner candidate Steve Arentz’s rapid succession of falsehoods when asked by a citizen at the League of Women Voters’ to explain the long history of health violations at his restaurant, Hemingway’s. (Click here to read that account.)  Arentz had to have seen the questioner holding his health department documents in her hands as he answered.

These deceptions were soon followed by an advertisement from commissioner candidate Dave Olds which included the most blatant lies imaginable about his opponent, Jack Broderick. (Click here to see that account.)

Not to be outdone, Paul Gunther is concluding his campaign by telling some real whoppers.   First came his declaration a few days ago at the Farm Bureau Candidate's Forum that a Queen Anne’s County farmer could net $15,000 per acre raising strawberries.  This statement was made just a few seconds after Mr. Gunther spoke in a rude and condescending manner toward his opponent stating “you don’t know jack about farming.” I was not the only one in a room full of farmers that knew Paul was stretching the truth beyond an acceptable limit.

Soon Gunther’s second lie followed when I asked if he could introduce me to a couple of the highly successful strawberry farmers.  He adamantly denied he ever said that a farmer could net the $15,000 per acre and angrily replied, “Storm, maybe you should get your f#@%king ears cleaned out so you can hear better.”  Later, without heeding Paul’s advice, I listened to the recording and confirmed what he said. (Click here to listen to those remarks.)

The following day I read Paul’s campaign ad in the newspaper where he said this: “I have been farming my  750+ acres for over 40 years and I can assure you that, I earn my profit the old fashioned way”.  However, a careful study of the land records show an entirely different picture than Mr. Gunther paints.  The main farm Paul frequently refers to is a total of 467.67 acres but it is in half ownership with William J. Milliken and William J. Milliken, Jr. (click here to see record)  Splitting the remaining 233.835 acres (owned by the Gunther General Partnership) four ways with his brothers brings Paul’s share to 58.46 acres.  One forth of 191.58 additional acres owned by the Gunther General Partnership is 47.89 acres, bringing Paul’s land ownership up to 106.35 acres.  Paul also owns his home on 1.01 acres, two homes in Church Hill on .39 acres and a 20.8 acre parcel with his wife on Neighbors road.  This brings Paul’s total acreage to 128.55 acres.  That’s a far cry from 750.

So why couldn’t Paul just be satisfied to say, ”My brothers and I have been farming for a long time and we can assure you that we earn our profits the old fashioned way.”  Having been part owner of a family farm and half owner in a business with my brother, I would never have referred to them as my farm or my business.  There’s nothing wrong with sharing the credit with those who deserve it.

I suspect Paul said what he did for the same reason he chose to denigrate his opponent, Bob Simmons.  It was an attempt to make himself look big.

What Dumenil, Arentz, Olds and Gunther all have in common, is that they are all candidates handpicked and supported by Mareen Waterman and his “Developer Cartel”.  What they also have in common, is a great deal of difficulty telling the truth.  One could even conclude that they will tell a lie when the truth would fit.

Perhaps it’s impossible to find an honest candidate to fulfill the developer’s goals.

Sveinn C. Storm

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dave Olds, Cartel Candidate

It is somewhat difficult for Queen Anne’s County citizens to believe that Dave Olds is a serious candidate for county commissioner.  You simply don’t see him putting an effort into his campaign in the same way the other candidates are.  There is no campaign website to say who he is or what his positions are on the issues.  You haven’t seen a door to door, greet the voter effort from Mr. Olds.  Not only won’t you find a campaign phone number, you won’t even find a place to go where you can give Mr. Olds a campaign contribution.

So how is Dave Olds an honest to goodness choice to be our next county commissioner?  He isn’t.  No, really, he isn’t.  What he is, is perhaps the most loyal, of all the developer candidates, to Mareen Waterman.   That’s why he doesn’t put forth an effort similar to the other candidates.  He doesn’t need to.  He is backed to the hilt by the Waterman machine and to a great extent is riding the coattails of his developer teammates.  If developer dollars can’t buy him in, he won’t get in.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Five Lies Per Minute

Steve Arentz wants everyone to believe that he is an outstanding entrepreneur whose business skills qualify him to be a county commissioner for Queen Anne’s County.  The appalling health inspections of Hemingway’s, his recently closed restaurant, tend to show that nothing could be further from the truth.

On October 12 at the League of Women Voters forum Mr. Arentz was asked to give an explanation of his lengthy and frightening list of health violations.  What followed was perhaps the most rapid-fire sequence of lies you will ever hear. (Click here to see the video.) In one minute and nineteen seconds Mr. Arentz claimed the following:
    1) The awful health reports were all a rumor.
    2) His restaurant was not forcibly closed.
    3) His restaurant’s health violations were landlord related.
    4) It was he that reported his restaurant’s poor condition to the health department.
    5) If you walked into any restaurant with a health inspector there would be between 30 to 50 health violations.
    6) Most restaurants have the same types of violations as Hemingway’s did.

Verbosity versus Integrity

Paul Gunther's modus operandi hasn't changed. As a county commissioner, his vile language and verbose statements are demeaning and have no place in civil debate. Attacking Bob Simmons' knowledge of farming during the Farm Bureau's forum was a cheap shot, not thoughtful debate or discourse.

Mr. Gunther's statement implying that HE has 750 acres is a stretch of fact.  However, this is in concert with his past utterances such as his statement a few months ago, maligning goose hunters (one of our best sources of income for our landowners) by implying they are high on blackberry brandy while hunting.  Additionally, the statement that farmers can earn $15,000 an acre raising strawberries is verbal manipulation and twisting, and as a commissioner is not being a good custodian of integrity.

There's a thin line between artful verbosity (BS) and reckless abandonment of truth. Our citizens deserve better.

The voters are about to decide if they've had enough!!!???

Ed Walls

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thin Skin and Foul Mouths

Wednesday evening (October 27, 2010) I attended the Queen Anne's County Farm Bureau Candidate's Forum, at the Ruthsburg Community Center.  In the moderator’s opening comments was the request that everyone remain civil.  County commissioner candidates Paul Gunther and Dave Olds failed miserably with respect to that request.

After an answer by Bob Simmons on a question related to farming, Gunther responded by telling Mr. Simmons that he “should have stayed in the furniture business because you know jack about agriculture.”  Gunther went on to declare that there were farmers in our county netting $15,000 per acre raising strawberries.  This remark illustrated Paul’s immediate disregard for the rules on politeness.  It also raised concern that Paul didn’t know as much about farming as he claimed.  If there was a $15,000 an acre profit in raising strawberries, our farmers would not be planting corn, wheat and soybeans.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dumenil's Deceit

It’s always important to carefully examine the words used by a politician, especially when they attempt to explain away dishonesty.

Phil Dumenil, until recently, claimed he had an associate’s degree on both his political website and as his employment website.  That claim quickly disappeared from both sites when a document came to light (click here to see that document) indicating that no such degree existed.  But the question remains, “how did that claim get published on those sites in the first place?”

Dumenil has now come clean that he never graduated from Anne Arundel Community College as originally claimed and made the following statement as explanation: “There appears to be a mistake on the McCartin Insurance corporate website regarding some inaccurate information in my biography. That bio was composed by staff at the agency who appear to have misinterpreted a biographical questionnaire.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Paul Gunther Put a Fox in the Henhouse

This past January, Paul Gunther, provided clear evidence of his unfailing allegiance to Mareen Waterman by placing Mareen’s son, Barry Waterman, on the county Planning Commission.  Gunther deliberately ignored the unanimous conclusion given him by the Queen Anne’s County Ethics Commission (click here) that Barry Waterman be prohibited from being placed on the Planning Commission.

The county Ethics Code forbids any board or commission member from “being employed or having a financial interest in an entity that is…subject to the authority of that official or employee of the governmental unit with which the official or employee is affiliated.”  The simplified version is that that we don’t allow a fox to be in charge of the henhouse.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dave Olds Wants a New Bridge

Dave Olds states boldly, “We need a third span”
So build another bay bridge as fast as you can.
As a developer candidate, I’m here to tell you,
We want to build houses and condos to sell you.

As a proud member of the Developer Cartel
Mr. Waterman has given me a story to tell
About how adding a bridge will expand our tax base,
And allow him to build houses all over the place.

He promised all of his candidates we’ll earn a big bonus
Just by obeying his orders and letting him own us.
We’ll all make more money, he says he’s not kidding,
In spite of the fact that the economy’s skidding.

Steve Arentz, Cartel Candidate


Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Developer Candidates Supported Wasteful Pork

We all chuckled when we heard Paul Gunther address the Queen Anne’s County tea party rally and speak against government waste, runaway spending and the huge debt that was being left our children and grandchildren.  It was laughable because at that very same time he was outspoken in his support for the State Department’s hard skills facility proposed for Ruthsburg.  For those of you who are not aware of that project, it was renamed by the federal government as the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) in an effort to make it a little more palatable to the rapidly growing opposition from the citizens of Queen Anne’s County.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Paul Gunther, Cartel Candidate

Paul Gunther, in step with the developers, took a firm stand in favor of the State Department hard skills facility proposed for Ruthsburg.  Now that the Queen Anne’s County citizens’ battle to stop the project has been won, facts about why the Federal Government nixed the project are coming out.

In reality, these facts were known a long time ago, as I had acquired over 3,000 pages of revealing documents pertaining to the proposed facility.  A large number of Queen Anne’s County citizens took the opportunity to view the information and educate themselves.  Their understandable conclusion was to fight the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) with every ounce of their being.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Developer Cartel

There is a Developer Cartel campaigning hard to regain control of our county government.  For the past year, this cartel has run weekly full page ads in the Update attacking anyone and everyone who stands in their way.  Led by Mareen Waterman, the Development Cartel used the so-called Blue Ribbon Panel to prevent Queen Anne’s County citizens’ recommendations from getting into the Comp Plan.  They have secured key appointments on the Planning Commission and maintained their network of insider lawyers and cooperating County employees.

Now Mr. Waterman and his fellow developers are using all their money and influence to elect a hand-picked slate of County Commissioners who will do what their cartel wants and that is to give them a free hand to pave our county.

To get some good insight into what the citizens of Queen Anne’s County are up against, let’s take a look (click here) at a recent letter from Mr. Waterman to a fellow developer.