First: What really happened? It's no secret that Senator Miller opposed the AAMC certificate of need out of concern that putting a cardiac surgery program there would jeopardize the viability of the newly reconstituted Prince George's Hospital, but he flatly denies Governor Hogan's claim that he linked that issue to a vote on Mr. Shrader, calling it "an outright lie." Sen. Bill Ferguson, the Baltimore Democrat who chairs the Executive Nominations Committee, recently wrote on Facebook that it is "totally and completely fabricated." The Hogan administration, however, says it has several witnesses. Getting beyond the he said-he said of the situation to verifiable facts, the timing of events is a bit perplexing. AAMC had already gotten its certificate of need before Governor Hogan withdrew the nominations, and the Senate had already shifted strategies in the effort to help Prince George's Hospital by carving out additional funds to support it in the budget.