Fairfax County Development Association President Gerald Gordon apologized Thursday for comments he made about Prince George's County in connection to the campaign to get the new FBI headquarters at a forum last week, News4's Tracee Wilkins reported.
According to the Washington Business Journal, Gordon said the FBI would be appropriate for Prince George’s County because that’s where the agency would find the people it picks up.
Gordon released the following statement Thursday:
I recently participated in a panel discussion and responded to an inquiry about the FBI relocation process. In doing so, I made several comments about the positive merits of a Fairfax County site. Unfortunately, I also mentioned some negative aspects of a neighboring jurisdiction. I regret having made that comment as it has been received by some as being mean-spirited, which was not at all my intention. In this case, the placement of the FBI headquarters is a highly competitive situation but, while we compete, I also value economic development for region as a whole.
The Fairfax County Development Association is an independent board created by the commonwealth, not a branch of Fairfax County’s government.