Brian Murphy’s Record

When Red Maryland’s editor’s endorsed Bob Ehrlich for Governor, they were extremely kind to Brian Murphy in their endorsement. I wouldn’t have been, and will not be today. It has nothing to do with Governor Palin, who along with Brian Griffiths I picked as being my choice for VP long before John McCain plucked her from the obscurity of Alaska. My opposition to Brian Murphy comes from his record.

Sure you can criticize Bob Ehrlich’s record, he has one. He has been in a position of responsibility for years and with responsibility comes good and bad decisions. But has anybody actually looked at Brian Murphy’s record?

He was a failed commodity trader for BG&E (or Constellation to be precise). That is like putting the head of BP on the ballot for Governor of Louisiana. Everybody that was paying attention will remember that it was Constellation’s commodities trading business that propelled the company to the edge of bankruptcy, forcing it to seek
anybody with cash to help the company out of the black hole of risky business leverage.

And where did Brian Murphy go after that? He became an investor in the Smith Island Baking Company. I’m not criticizing the fact that it’s a bakery, but it is a bakery whose sole business mission is the exploitation of the “State Cake”. If I remember correctly, most of us Conservatives were MOCKING the fact that the State legislature
designated an official “State Cake”. Instead, Brian Murphy is making money off of it. He sure has the capitalist flare, but when all of his money making schemes comes at the behest of government bailouts (Constellation is guaranteed profits through their monopoly in BGE) I call into question his record as a true Conservative wanting a limited government.

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Ok, so let’s move on. Brian Murphy’s website states his conviction to being pro-life. Which I am, and says that if he is elected he’ll create “Joy’s House” along with his wife in order to provide pregnancy support for women that decide to keep their babies. Instead of starting something new, why doesn’t he and his wife get involved with Birthright, a great organization that has locations in Maryland and
throughout North America providing this service already. Protecting life doesn’t need to begin after an election.

Sadly, that is the only concrete idea on Brian Murphy’s website. Oh wait, he has another one. He wants to increase funding for environmental programs. Wow… spending even more money on the environment than O’Malley, while at the same time cutting spending. So if it’s not coming from environmental spending (which includes all of those ill advised land purchases) then where will the money he is cutting going to come from? Those that support Murphy keep saying how is idea are better. I will give you that no politician is talking about specific concrete ideas, but neither is Murphy folks. There is as much substance there as a conversation between two 13-year-old girls.

I’m not going to convince the Pro-Murphy camp with this piece, you like him because he’s not Ehrlich or because you are a purist. This post is more geared toward those that continue with the line that Murphy is a “good choice” or a “strong candidate”. Prove it to me, and please don’t use the word conservative, give me solid points.

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