For the second time in a year, the Maryland Theatre has been denied funding by the Washington County Gaming Commission. Patricia Wolford, the theater's president, responded by attacking Sue Tuckwell, who chairs the gaming commission. It's a desperation move that demonstrates how desperately the theater needs new leadership.
Though the gaming commission voted unanimously to deny the theater's request for $130,000 to pay off a loan from Bulldog Credit Union, Wolford singled out Tuckwell for criticism.
Wolford says Tuckwell is being vindictive because the gaming commission chair was the theater's president when its board took out a $250,000 mortgage to dig its way out of debt incurred by a former manager. Tuckwell shares responsibility for decisions that resulted in that debt, Wolford says, and shouldn't deliberate on a request for money needed to pay it off.
Wolford's version of history is a little bit off. It was Tuckwell who discovered the theater manager's unauthorized expenditures, then engineered the rescue. Comparing the performances of Tuckwell, Wolford and their respective boards shows just how far off track things have gotten since then.