For 1st time, Fran­chot gets Comptroller’s Medal­lion back

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By JOSH BOLLINGER jbollinger@star­dem.com

EAS­TON — Not only was she the youngest per­son ever to get a Comptroller’s Medal­lion, but she also was the first ever to give it back.

Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot took a tour of Eas­ton El­e­men­tary School on Mon­day, Oct. 30, when he stopped by Katie Spies’ kinder­garten class in the Dob­son Build­ing.

Fran­chot stood in the room, speak­ing to the stu­dents, when a lit­tle girl ap­proached him, kinder­gartener Aleta Pat­ton, to tell him her fa­ther, Will Pat­ton, teaches in the fa­cil­ity next door, the Mo­ton Build­ing.

Fran­chot then gave her a Comptroller’s Medal­lion. Fran­chot hands out the gold coins, paid for by his cam­paign com­mit­tee funds, to “Mary­lan­ders who make a dif­fer­ence” in their com­mu­ni­ties, a tra­di­tion started by former state comptroller Louis Gold­stein.

She asked what it was, and Fran­chot told her. But Aleta Pat­ton gave it back to the comptroller, say­ing she’s not sup­posed to take things from strangers. Adults in the room laughed.

Af­ter all was said and done, and Fran­chot left the room to con­tinue the tour, he said, “That’s the first-ever re­turn.”

As a crowd of lo­cal elected of­fi­cials on the tour along­side Fran­chot were walk­ing down the hall­way, Tal­bot County Coun­cil­man Dirck Bartlett joked, “That lit­tle girl got a very im­por­tant les­son: The tax man giveth, and the tax man taketh away.”

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PHOTO BY JOSH BOLLINGER

Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot gives a gold coin to kinder­gartener Aleta Pat­ton, who gave it back to him af­ter­ward, say­ing she’s not sup­posed to take things from strangers.

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