Jack Conway, on Francene’s show this morning, says he’s forwarding all the information he’s collected in the gas price-gouging investigation to the Federal Trade Commission. Conway says he’s talked with the FTC chairman, who agreed to take a look at the case. Conway believes prices are higher here because of a lack of competition on the wholesale level.
The 1997 Marathon/Ashland merger, he told us a year ago, may have led to a wholesaler monopoly on the market. In other words, he thinks the wholesalers are jacking up prices here, because they can get away with it.
And in bigger news, he says he doesn’t color his hair.
Conway says his opinion on the Jerry Abramson giveaway to Cordish, and whether he could legally divert funds to a downtown agency, is nearly finished. He’s read a draft, he says, but has sent it back for some tweaking. He says it will be lengthy, and will lay out what the Mayor’s authority is.
It will take another week and a half before it’s released, he says.