Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Montgomery County Council to hire immigration attorney - without knowing how much he'll charge

The Montgomery County Council is poised to hire an expensive immigration attorney for undisclosed purposes this morning - and when they vote, they won't even know how much he'll charge you, the taxpayer, per hour. If approved by the Council today, Leon Rodriguez of the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP would hold the title of Special Counsel "in connection with immigration issues," a Council memo states.

But according to Bill Turque of the Washington Post, the Council does not yet know how much Rodriquez will charge the County for his services. Yet another sign of incompetence and fiscal mismanagement by our big-spending County Council.
Councilmember George Leventhal
What exactly are we paying County Attorney Marc P. Hansen $210,143 per year to do, when for the umpteenth time, we are hiring extra attorneys for County business? Hansen is certainly qualified to address any immigration issue as it pertains to Montgomery County. Is this hire focused on some kind of planned political publicity stunts at the federal level, even as Montgomery County's moribund private sector economy continues to stall, traffic congestion worsens, and schools continue to decline?
Councilmember Hans Riemer
That would be a violation of the Council's oath of office. But with unlimited power to pickpocket your wallet, the Council never passes up a chance to lawyer up.

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