There will be no face-to-face-to-face meeting between Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Two weeks ago, Hogan joined Franchot in criticizing Kamenetz and the county schools system over lack of air conditioning in some of its buildings.
It’s an absolutely disgraceful situation,” Hogan said before calling on the county executive to come to the next Board of Public Works meeting.
Kamenetz pushed back, saying the pair “didn’t have all the facts” and that only about 15 percent of the schools in the county are awaiting funding for air conditioning renovations. Kamenetz acknowledged that the number is higher when you include buildings that are scheduled to receive central air but have yet to have contracts put out for bid.
“If the state gives us more money then I am sure we can reduce the number of schools without air conditioning more quickly,” Kamenetz said at the time.
Franchot called Kamenetz a beggar.
“I certainly feel very strongly that the same old tired excuses, the same old acting like a panhandler holding your hat out in the streets asking for money, how pathetic is that?” Franchot said. “Do your job.”
The difference in opinion set up the possibility of a tense meeting made more interesting by the fact that the board is expected to take up the issue of approving a county request to sell the North Point Government Center to a developer. It’s not clear what Hogan will do, but legislators in the Dundalk area have been vocal in expressing their opposition to the sale. Franchot, who has had a rocky relationship with Kamenetz, has been meeting with Dundalk residents and could also oppose the sale.
But the face-off between Hogan and a potential Democratic challenger in 2018 isn’t going to happen next week.
Ellen Kobler, a Kamenetz spokeswoman, said the county executive “has a scheduling conflict” and will not be able to attend the meeting next Wednesday.