Thursday, September 27, 2007

Doug Duncan Now Trying to Screw Silver Spring

You didn't think this whole Fillmore deal was actually going to go down without a major hitch, did you? That hitch is named Doug Duncan, who maintains that the money promised by the state to support opening a new music venue is somehow tied to the Birchmere, wherever it may open, rather than to a specific spot such as the old J.C. Penney building.

"I view it as the state keeping its word," Duncan (D) said yesterday in an interview. "Montgomery County has a whole different project now."

Duncan, vice president for administrative affairs, has lined up a powerful ally in his quest to secure the state money. Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr., a Democrat whose district includes part of Prince George's and an enthusiastic booster of U-Md., his alma mater, said the money "is going to be for the Birchmere, and it's going to be located in Prince George's County."
In the parlance of professional wrestling, this type of move is referred to as a "heel turn". Doug Duncan just hit Silver Spring over the head with a metaphorical steel chair.

I don't know if not having that $4 million grant is a deal breaker or not, but there's a real possibility that they may end up tearing down another "future home of" banner from the fa├žade of that building. This may very well be a zero-sum game. It was obviously a calculated move on Duncan's part to announce the Birchmere deal before MoCo officially revealed their agreement with Live Nation.

I am also curious to see where the loyalties of the pro-Silver Spring Birchmere lobby lie. Will they favor a Birchmere in College Park at the expense of a music venue on Colesville Road?



22 comments:

Dusty said...

You always wonder how much of what a politician does is based on what they believe and how much is just crass political calculation. Well, former County Exec is demonstrating that he's all about getting ahead as he gives Montgomery County the shaft.

It's not a shock that Duncan is eager to curry favor with his new masters in College Park, but the speed with which he went from being a supposed advocate for Montgomery County to someone willing to screw us to move his career forward illustrates how devoid of principal he is!

rtsind said...

A politician by any other name -- still stinks.

One day the voters of this country will wake up and realize that the only thing a politician is good for is the lining of his own pockets.

Silver Springer said...
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Silver Springer said...

Sorry, Birchmere breached the contract. The money was meant for Silver Spring/Montgomery County.

This is why these things aren't written that way. Plus all the zoning amendments were/will be specifically for Montgomery County.

Does it make sense for Montgomery County to Lobby for $4 million from the state and then have it go to Prince George's?

Foulger has deep pockets, he can use the money he's saving on the cheap Transit Center to build the Birchmere in College Park.

Anonymous said...

I feel betrayed by Duncan. It's nothing more than a blantant money grab.

Duncan's legacy of helping Silver Spring has just been tarnished.

Sean said...

Geez folks give Duncan a break. I am sure if you switched jobs your new employer would expect you to work for them, not your previous employer.

Anonymous said...

I heard College Park celebrated the announcement of the Birchmere by burning dulcimers on Route 1.

ScrewDuncanandUMD said...

Sean said...
"Geez folks give Duncan a break. I am sure if you switched jobs your new employer would expect you to work for them, not your previous employer"

The issue here is that Duncan is trying to steal money slated for Mongomery County. Shame on Duncan for trying to steal this money and shame on UMD for not speaking up against his proposal. By UMD not speaking up, they are condoning his actions. I am so upset with UMD that I am considering giving up my Terp football season tickets because of this issue (and the fact that they choked against Wake Forest).

rd said...

I think Doug Duncan is a NTAC (like Michael Bolton (the singer, not the movie character)).

Old Hickory said...

The state legislation providing state money for a Silver Spring music venue specifically named the Birchmere.

So using that money for a Fillmore or anything else requires changing the legislation.

Since the current legislation mentions both Silver Spring and the Birchmere, one could argue that neither of those is more important to the state than the other. The point being: if the legislation can be changed to allow using the money in Silver Spring for something other than the Birchmere, it can also be changed to allow using the money for the Birchmere in a location other than Silver Spring.

I also think it's funny that the County is claiming to have an agreement with Live Nation, when in fact all it has is a non-binding letter of intent. In other words, it still has nothing.

b said...

Birchmere or Live Nation is not the issue. Duncan makes decisions, while Leggett spends his time defending his. Doug plays hardball, while Ike plays softball (church social, slowpitch style). Money is tight, and we need strong officials to get our share. Leggett is a loser, and 5 years from now, the north side of Colesville will still be the crappy side of the street. And that is quite an acomplishment, with City Place across from it.

b said...

I would like to make clear that this is not a personal attact on Mr. Leggett. I'm sure he is a nice, moral, upstanding guy. But, nice guys get eaten alive. Does anyone remember President Carter?

Silver Springer said...
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