Thursday, May 04, 2006

Subin and Abramoff continue attack on IG

Two of the public officials most closely identified with the Seven Locks scandal have continued their personal attacks on Montgomery County Inspector General Thomas Dagley.

County Council Education Committee Chairman Michael Subin and school board member Steve "Abramoff" Abrams claim that the IG is an unprofessional political stooge after he responded to citizen complaints about alleged wrongdoing.

Abrams recently praised Dagley's do-nothing predecessor, Norman D. Butts, who ignored the citizen complaints.

According to the Gazette, Abrams accused Dagley of playing "gotcha IG politics" instead of leading legitimate investigations.

Subin wrote a typically dyspeptic note to Dagley, informing the IG that he would not request a peer review of the wrongdoing report on Seven Locks.

"I do so not because I think your office would have passed professional scrutiny, because I do not, but because it is in the best interest of the children to hope that this issue will resolve itself without further ado," Subin said.

Subin typically attacks critics - including parents - by claiming that what he wants is in the children's best interest. At a recent hearing he threatened Seven Locks PTA member Mike Waller in the presence of Waller's seven year-old son.

Abrams and Subin repeated their claims that PTA members "duped" the Inspector General.

Abrams, who claims that the IG has no business auditing the school system, added that the IG was "trying to ingratiate himself" to two County Council members.