-- $331,000 for memberships and conferences, again with several unrelated to the agency's purpose.
Thousands in meal reimbursements, including $3750 toMcCormick, even though there was no travel involved.
OPEGA didn't comment on the savings realized by not having a space between "Maine" and "Housing."
Democrats immediately proclaimed victory, arguing McCormick had been unfairly forced out. Republicans said the report was worthwhile for revealing where savings could be realized and for reassuring the public that the GOP was keeping an eye on things.
McCormick had little to say, which is just as well, because this was hardly the exoneration proclaimed by much of the media. With the US Department of Housing and Urban Development beginning an examination of her casual inspection procedures, and Poliquin — now running for the US Senate — never wasting an opportunity to wave around a piece of overpriced molding from one of her historic rehabs, she's going to be political poison for a long time.
McCormick's intentions might have been good, but she failed to understand the public's attitude toward profligate spending and rampant inefficiency.
Like that MaineHousing moniker, she needs some separation.
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