Gazette, 13 Mar 2009 (Valentine)
D.C. United President Kevin Payne's plea to soccer fans this week to contact Maryland's lawmakers in support of a proposed $195 million stadium in Prince George's County has prompted one of the largest legislative e-mail campaigns in years.
"I've heard from all these other countries. I haven't heard from my district," said Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Dist. 25) of District Heights, chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. "The concern is what the impact will be. This is a budget item. [My decision] will be based on the funding."
The sentiment was shared by Appropriations member and Prince George's Del. James Proctor Jr. (D-Dist. 27A) of Brandywine.
"When somebody in Spain tells me, ‘You need to do this,' there's no influence there," Proctor said. "If somebody in the 27th district is writing, I pay attention."
"What happens if attendance isn't what you thought it was?" asked Councilman Tony Knotts (D-Dist. 8) of Temple Hills. "Who fills the gap?"
(Posted 13 Mar 2009)