If City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway really thinks she's going to get $21 million out of Examiner columnist Adam Meister, she'd better hurry. Looks like he's about to spend a fortune.
An invite he's posted on Facebook reads: "Adam Meister's $21 million 4th of July Party."
Conaway is suing Meister and Examiner newspapers over an online column he wrote claiming that she lives in Baltimore County instead of the city she represents. He linked to public records indicating that Conaway not only owns a house in the county, but claims it as her primary residence for tax purposes.
Conaway signed a loan document last year that said the Randallstown house she bought in 1997 was her primary residence, The Sun's Julie Scharper reports. (Conaway's lawyer says she lives in the city and signed the document in error.)
The suit accuses Meister, the Denver-based newspaper chain and the chain's owner, Philip Anschutz, of libel, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It seeks $21 million in damages. Conaway claims that Meiser's allegations have made her sleepy, snippy and sick.
Conaway's lawsuit does not seem to have taken a similar toll on Meister, who said in an email that he is very much looking forward to hosting the party on the rooftop of his Reservoir Hill home.
"You can't beat the vibe that is generated by happy friends enjoying life," he wrote.
"I am really looking forward to it."