Franchot Uses Racial Quotas To Grandstand

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is making every effort to woo the state’s black voters in his undeclared run for the State House as evidenced yesterday when he used racial quotas to grand stand, during a meeting of the Board of Public Works.

Franchot’s latest political theatrics comes only a couple of weeks after he flew to Chicago, met with Civil Rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, and pledged to open the management of Maryland’s pension funds to more minority money managers.

The Comptroller used yesterday’s Board meeting to pit himself against his currently unpopular Democratic rival Gov. Martin O’Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp by voting against a $44.8-million dollar contract, according to the Sun. First Transit Inc. is a company that runs shuttle buses taking passengers to and from parking lots at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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Franchot’s objection?

Even though the company more than exceeds the 28% so-called goal – which is actually a quota – of using minority contractors, Franchot voted against the company and delayed the approval of the contract because the company had a waiver last year to use a13% goal for minority contractors.

So, the only thing Franchot accomplished yesterday was endearing himself to the friends of racial quotas that have been ruled illegal in several landmark cases. Maryland and Baltimore have appeared to circumvent the rulings by calling racial quotas “goals.” However, if the Comptroller of Maryland is voting against companies that get state waivers from the goals, they are clearly, rigid, racial quotas.

Finally, once again, Maryland Democrats show they are the Party of divisiveness, while Franchot demonstrates political pandering at its worst!

What do you think? Is it time to finally abolish racial quotas? Is it also high time for Franchot to announce his candidacy for govern

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