Curiouser and Curiouser
Thanks to Misschatter, who's live-blogging the hearing (which still hasn't gotten to the baseball part). What to make of this?
Here's the Mayor's actual press release. I wouldn't think anything of it were it not for the hopefully coincidental WTOP Report (Thanks to Eric for the link!):
A furious Mayor Anthony Williams is blasting the D.C. Council over the baseball consultant they hired.
Louis Cohen is a lawyer who was paid an undisclosed fee to advise Council members on the lease for the proposed new ballpark.
But back when the battle was being fought to win the Montreal Expos, Cohen worked for the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority.
They wanted the team in Northern Virginia - or, as Williams puts it, quote, "a cow pasture in Virginia."
The mayor is seething over the Council hiring Cohen, calling it a "shocking conflict of interest," and questioning how D.C. can possibly trust his advice. Williams believes Cohen is urging the Council to act in a way that could send the Nationals packing.
But if the District cannot pass the lease, WTOP has learned that Virginia is ready to make a move.
A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine tells WTOP he would be interested in pursuing the Nationals for Northern Virginia if D.C. is unable to approve the lease.