Planning Director Retracts Controversial Statements

Rollin Stanley has retracted statements he made describing his detractors as 'rich, white women,' Bethesda Magazine reports.

Bethesda Magazine is reporting that Montgomery County Planning Director Rollin Stanley has apologized for controversial statements he made regarding a group of his detractors in a recent Bethesda Magazine article.

In the article by Eugene L. Meyer, titled the “The Future Is Looking Up”  and published in Bethesda Magazine's March-April issue, Stanley called the group "rich, white women" who spread fear about his initiatives.

The statements prompted backlash from the community and a County Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier condemned the statements and promised "appropriate corrective action."

Wednesday, a statement was posted on the planning department's website on which Stanley retracts the comments.

The statement read:

“My recent comments reported in Bethesda Magazine in which I refer to members of the community as ‘rich white women’ were thoughtless and cast dispersions [sic] on the contribution made to the planning process by these individuals. Not only was it inaccurate to characterize these civic leaders as ‘spreading fear,’ ‘sowing discord’ and ‘stalking my appearances’, it grossly mischaracterized their important and valuable role in the land use process. I retract this statement and apologize for it. These individuals have participated in the land use discussions in this County for several decades and their contribution has and always will be welcome. I sincerely regret and apologize for the careless and dismissive tone conveyed in the article.”

Read the full story at Bethesda Magazine.

What do you think about Stanley's retraction? Tell us in the comments.

Ann Hager March 22, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I'm a "rich white woman" who happens to agree with him. We are a bunch of pains in the butt. I find it hilarious how up-in-arms people are getting over this, as though the man had drowned a litter of kittens. Everyone, calm down
Billy the moderate March 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I wonder if you would feel the same way if he had said "rich black women" or goodness forbid "rich uppity black women". Describing people who disagree with his initiatives in racial terms seems rather polarizing and divisive. It is often these "rich white women" whose families pay the bulk of property and other taxes needed for Mr. Stanley to put his initiatives into action - however misguided people may feel them to be. I am married to a rich white woman (I made her that way through marriage) and she seems to be quite fond of the initiatives Mr. Stanley has been presenting. I have no opinion on the hypothetical drowning of a litter of cats by Mr. Stanley in terms of how this may affect people's opinions of him as a planning director but am unanimous in my opinion that he should not harm animals, especially dogs.
Michael Brown March 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
It is a shame that one has to be so carefully politically correct in everything one says. Is there any wonder why the politicians can say so much about nothing and say very little about anything for fear of upsetting someone. With regards to calling the ladies "rich, white women" I see that as less derogatory than descriptive if they are in fact rich, white women. I was more upset by his characterizing their efforts as spreading fear and sowing discord. I do not agree with Mr. Stanley's vision for development in Montgomery County and am heartened that others have been more vocal in their opposition - even if they are rich, white women.
jivan17 March 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The controversy over Mr. Stanley has been a distraction. The real issues are that he does not reflect what people in Montgomery County want -- and that's not some sprawling vertical city in place of single family homes. And that he has no interest in listening. His dismissive statements pretty much proved that.
Arlene K. Polangin March 22, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I'm certainly not a "rich" white woman, but I do find the comments by Mr. Stanley dismissive, at best, and, at worse, showing that he has no interest in hearing the side of anyone who does not agree with his views for Montgomery County. Perhaps, he should return to Canada where his views may be more in tune with the populace. Political correctness aside, this official needs to become more open to divergent viewpoints and what would be best for Montgomery County development in the future.
Bob Hydorn March 22, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Has anyone else realized that the Washington/Baltimore/Frederick/Richmond areas are becoming one metropolitian region. For this development to actually continue it has one way and only one way to go and that is UP. Finally Montgomery County has a true planner with a real vision for the future.So he said a few words that some didn't like, such is life.
Brigitta Mullican March 23, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Who has never made a mistake? Mr. Stanley made an apology. No more is necessary. No matter who the County Planning Director is people will have disagreements. Life comes with both sides...nothing is perfect.
Sharon March 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM
"I'm a little bit country; I'm a little bit rock n'roll!. Heck with more metropolis. Bring back (if not too late) some open fields, sweet smelling clover and, at this point, even scent of horse and cow manure. Sure beats smell of conflicting fast-food places and hot tar and asphalt. Hummm!


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