Not that I expect Governor Martin O’Malley (D) to read this, however I must insist on telling him, with all due respect, to please STOP WHINING!
O’Malley, as quoted in this morning’s Baltimore Sun, “I wish we would arrive at a point where we would repeal the death penalty, but I do not have the luxury in this job or the permission in this job only to enforce laws that I’m in favor of and that I agree with. So, sadly, we’ll be moving forward with those protocols.”
Let’s start off by saying that on it’s face, this quote is completely bass ackwards. This man, chose not to enforce a law that he did not favor for the past 18 months. I will give him the benefit of the doubt for the first three months because the general assembly was trying to repeal the death penalty, but the problem is that those efforts ultimately failed.
This man was constitutionally bound to uphold the laws of the state of Maryland. You mean to tell me that he waited a full year and a half before he realized his oath does not allow him to pick and choose the laws he doesn’t like to enforce? I’m sorry, I am not buying it. I would also like to add my voice to the skepticism of House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C). When O’Donnell stated that “This governor continues to drag his feet. He wants to convince Marylanders he wants to issue regulations to implement our state law when in fact I think he has no intention of ever doing so.”
Two parallels in this one. O’Malley stated that developing new protocols would take most of the year. There is also a commission to study the death penalty…again. Either way, I have a feeling that everything will come to ahead in January 2009 at this rate.
The other parallel that O’Donnell pointed out was that Governor O’Malley was dragging his feet again and that he wants to convince Marylanders he wants to enforce state law when he has no intention to. Remember this time last year, O’Malley was going to propose “budget cuts” to the Board of Public Works? Well, the $300,000 that was proposed (and subsequently approved) was window dressing to convince us that O’Malley was willing to make cuts.
So here we go again with the Governor playing the pious PR campaign in order to win the popularity contest. You remember that contest, the one he mentioned earlier this year, where stated that he would sacrifice being popular to looking at himself in the mirror. I can imagine that it’s starting to become a bit harder to do that this year. Especially since his tax hike is not going over so well, then there is the business of the BGE rate hikes that he vowed to stop. Now, his obstruction of the death penalty is starting to slip away, bit by bit. It’s not a good thing to be Governor Martin O’Malley these days.