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Ethical Concerns Raised over County Email to Media

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SALISBURY, Md. - An email alerting the media to a campaign stop being made by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown in Fruitland is at the center of an ethical debate.

It was on October 17th, Wicomico County Public Information Officer Tamara Lee-Brooks sent an email to the media alerting them about the Lt. Governor holding a press conference later that day outside the new Bennett Middle School in Fruitland.  The top of the email read, "I was asked to forward for your attention. Thanks!"  Underneath of that was a media advisory and outline of the event being held by the Brown campaign.  And that is not sitting well with Dave Parker, the Chairman of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee.

"Obviously on county email, time, using paid county officials.  It was a partisan political act," Parker said.

Parker said it was not fair that the public information officer sent out an email promoting the event of one political party and not the other.

"Making it more complicated is the fact that Mr. Pollitt is in fact the local campaign coordinator for the campaign that was being helped, the Brown campaign and that's just plain wrong," said Parker.

Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt is listed as the Co-Chair for the Brown campaign in Wicomico County.  However, there is no mention in the original email as to who requested the email be sent to the media.  That is something Parker hopes will be uncovered in the investigation.  Parker went on to say that he would file the exact same ethical complaint against someone in the Republican Party if a similar act was committed.

Numerous attempts to reach the County Executive and county Public Information Officer for comment on this story were not answered.  County Attorney Ed Baker told WBOC his office is looking into any legal issues surrounding this issue and is currently preparing a report to be submitted to the Wicomico County Ethics Committee for review.

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