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Conservative Pundit Endorsement of Brian Frosh over Jon Cardin for Democratic Attorney General Nomination

  –Richard E. Vatz
    Among the incredulities produced by Maryland’s one-party state is the arrogance and public-be-damned attitude Democrats tolerate in their representatives who take them for granted.

    I have been critiquing political officials for decades, and I have rarely seen a “Let them eat cake” attitude as evident as Baltimore County Del. Jon S. Cardin’s pursuant to Luke Broadwater’s Baltimore Sun  piece revealing that he missed almost 75% of votes in the House Ways and Means Committee, including, according to The Washington Post, “votes on bills he co-sponsored.”

    Following the  small contretemps caused by the revelation, on the heels of Del. Cardin’s frat boy police-aided proposal to his girlfriend, he released an in-your-face defiant statement which said, among other insults to the public: “Let’s get the facts straight…I needed to be home with my expecting wife and our young daughter…I fully expect these political attacks to continue [from my opponents].”

     Less important Marylanders should understand that their jobs do not justify such occupational absenteeism.

    Montgomery County’s State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, a liberal with whom few good conservatives will find general political common ground but who is assiduous in pursuing good government issues, has the exact opposite reputation: a serious legislator who does the job for which he is paid by Maryland taxpayers.  Every time I bring up Sen. Frosh’s name to a Democratic legislator, he or she mentions the tremendous workmanship and integrity of the senator.

     What should Democrats do who care about good leadership in Maryland?

    The third Democratic candidate, Prince George’s County Del. Aisha Braveboy, should eschew her spoiler candidacy, endorse Sen. Frosh and pull out of the race.

    Primary elections rarely get significant turnout, but if Democrats perceive that the primary is in effect the general election, they should vote in large numbers to show that they will not countenance electoral dereliction of responsibility.

    If Democrats nominate Del. Cardin, a man who apparently is unconcerned about doing the job for which he was elected and who resents anyone with the temerity to criticize his over-the-top absenteeism,  it will be another reward for Democratic democratic irresponsibility and arrogance.

     One additional question/observation:  the Cardin brand has benefitted from the unspoiled rectitude of Sen. Ben Cardin.  Are Sen. Cardin and the Democratic Party okay with this sullying of the revered Cardin name?

Professor Vatz teaches political rhetoric at Towson University






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