To The Editor,
I was reviewing the contributions because the Controller’s position is a very important position. The Controller is the “watchdog” for county government and the office must be an example of high integrity.
What caught my interest, after I was contacted by a fellow Democrat, was that John Payne, who is employed by Remington & Vernick Engineers as an engineer, contributed $250.00 to Mr. MacQueen’s Controller’s campaign on June 13, 2013.
Looking further on the campaign contributions, I then noticed on October 10, 2013, the Vice President of Remington & Vernick Engineers contributed $1,000.00 to Norman MacQueen’s campaign.
Between those two contributions, on September 23, 2013, Willistown Township awarded Remington & Vernick a contract for $40,000.00 for construction management for a remodeling of the Willistown Police Station. It appears this contract was a non-bid contract because it was for professional services. It does not appear to have been done through a sealed bidding process.
I also noted Mr. MacQueen was not present at the September 23, 2013 meeting and, therefore, did not vote.
As far as I can see, there would be no connection of Remington & Vernick to the Controller’s office, but certainly that business has an interest in Willistown Township. This clearly raises some concerns.
The concerns were somewhat heightened since I knew in the past from looking at campaign records, that this firm had been a major contributor to Sen. Vincent Fumo’s various campaigns.
Certainly, I think this is a fair discussion in a political year.
Finally, whether this is “pay to play” or not, I believe that the Chester County voters need an explanation from someone who is seeking the most important office of fiscal integrity, the Controllers office of Chester County.
Samuel C. Stretton,