Boeing officials and a few prominent black elected officials met this morning in North Charleston City Hall to talk about the company's track record hiring minorities.
But before the talks could begin, confusion reigned over whether the meeting should be open to the public.
State Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, sent notice of the 10 a.m. meeting to local news media, but when a reporter showed up, Boeing officials and Charleston County Councilman Teddie Pryor appeared surprised.
Pryor argued the meeting was not subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act, and the Boeing officials in attendance said they were not authorized to make statements to the media. If the reporter stayed, they could only listen.
Ford said he consulted with counsel at the State Ethics Commission and was told he had to send out a public notice because both he and state Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, planned to attend.
The reporter left the room after Gilliard and Ford agreed that only one of them would attend at any given time. Gilliard also left the room.
Read more later at postandcourier.com and also in tomorrow's newspaper.