Skip to comments.Chesek Was Hatchet Man, Staffer Says
Posted on 05/06/2006 1:14:11 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
He called himself "Al Qaeda" and told an employee he was sent to the Maryland Public Service Commission to thin the regulatory agency's ranks and bring in friends of the governor's administration, the agency's former spokeswoman said yesterday.
Craig Chesek, who became the PSC's chief of staff in 2003, helped create an agency better suited to represent utilities than consumers, Chrys Wilson told a special legislative committee investigating the hiring and firing practices of Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
The highlight of the probe was expected at the next meeting with the testimony of Joseph Steffen, the former Ehrlich aide who has called himself the governor's "political hit man." He told a radio station last year he would willingly meet with the committee, but a key source in the probe said the committee has been unable to locate him. Attempts by The Washington Post to contact him yesterday were unsuccessful.
According to the testimony of former state employees, Steffen and Chesek were among a group of aides sent to various agencies to identify employees who could be terminated to make room for Republican appointees. In e-mails, Steffen talked with Chesek on personnel decisions.
Chesek has said he was involved in personnel decisions but was not there solely to "get rid of people."
Steffen, who was fired in February after The Washington Post disclosed his role in orchestrating a rumor campaign about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, has admitted his role in identifying workers to be fired but said he never took politics into account.
Ehrlich and Republican lawmakers have called the probe a witch hunt intended to make the administration look bad. Democrats say they're out to protect workers.
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The partisan witch hunt continues in Maryland. The special legislative committee investigating the firing of Maryland at will employees is looking for Joseph Stephen (a.k.a. FReeper NCPAC) to testify before their committee, but NCPAC is supposedly nowhere to be found. He's supposed to testify at their next meeting, date unknown.
considering how the Maryland PSC got a better deal for Maryland customers of DelMarVa Power and Light than the Delaware legisture - I would say he is more of an advocate for the customers than the utitlity.
DP&L has royally screwed the customers in Delaware, with the full blessing of the Legislature (they wrote a law that prohibbitted the PSC from getting involved).....I'm hoping the Public Utility Commission in Virginia is even half has diligent as in Maryland.....I'm one of the 22,000 customers of DP&L that are about to get burned by DP&L and Richmond.
I can't comment on BGE and Constellation - I'm only familiar with what is going on with DP&L........and DP&L customers on the Eastern Shore got a far better deal from DP&L than did the Delaware customers.
What went on in Delaware between Legislative leaders and DP&L not only sounds like a conspiracy, it WAS a conspiracy.......and the PSC had nothing to do with it because the legislature cut them out of the picture .......but now they are the ones getting the blame.
Here in MD, we had a 10% increase from Delmarva last summer and will have a 35% increase this year. I'm not sure how that compares to Delaware's rates, but it's nowhere near the 73% announced by BGE.
Residential users in Delaware are getting hit with a 59-68% increase, commercial users 100% or above.
In Virginia we're facing a 42% increase from DP&L . There are only 22,000 DP&L customers in Virginia - but they all happen to be in 2 of the 5 poorest counties, the 2 counties that make up "VA" part of DelMarVA........
73% by BGE is a heck of a chunk of change..............are they also part of PEPCO?
Of course, the part that we all choose to forget is that there were rate caps for the past 5 years, enacted by the legislatures. Even with these large increases, we will still be below what much of the northeast, middle Atlantic residents are paying.
(Good grief - I wasn't really paying attention to who was was talking to in my last post.....sorry)
In Delaware the rate caps have been in effect since 1999.......it's been an absolute mess there. I listen to a Wilmington talk show in the mornings, and it has been a major topic of conversation.....the General Assembly really and truly screwed Delawareans in giving DP&L such a sweet deal and cutting the PSC out back then.
While I'm steamed about the pending increase here, what really has me boiling is that the increase only hits folks here on the Shore........but the danged hearing is in Richmond at 10am on a Wednesday. Like many folks from here are going to be able to make that.
I can't see it being too much different than the rates Delmarva negotiated in MD and DE though. I THINK that we will be paying about 10.5 cents/kwh including transmission and supply costs.