O’Malley Basks in the Glory of Democratic Corruption
Governor Martin O’Malley joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore
Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano, and a host of elected officials and
community leaders for the groundbreaking of the new Uplands community…
The site will be developed by Uplands Visionaries LLC, which is a
public-private real estate development consortium led by Pennrose Properties,
LLC and Bozzuto Homes…
Uplands Visionaries, LLC is the master developer and consists of the
• Pennrose Properties, LLC
• Bozzuto Homes (BA Uplands Homebuilding, LLC)
• Southwest Baltimore Community Development Corporation
• Commercial Interiors (KMJ Uplands, LLC)
• Harrison Development, LLC
• Scientia Uplands, LLC
• Cryor Development, LLC
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The name of that last entity is of course the firm owned by former Maryland Democratic Party chairman, and lobbyist Michael Cryor. According to Laura Vozzella, Cryor will net a cool $3 million from the deal.
The ground breaking also calls up the ghost of Ron Lipscomb, the corrupt developer O’Malley so effusively praised his, “commitment to the greater good.”
In 2008, at the time Cryor was serving as party chair, then-mayor Sheila Dixon announced the awarding of the$200 million Uplands project the group, which included Cryor’s firm and her boyfriend Ronald Lipscomb’s contracting company, Doracon.
Dixon awarded the project to Cryor/Doracon despite the fact that an independent city panel recommended the contract go to another bidder. Lipscomb and Doracon, through various LLC’s, gave the Maryland Democratic Party over $200,000, most of which came during Cryor’s tenure as party chair.
And last week there stood Martin O’Malley basking in the glory of Maryland Democrat corruption. Yet another example that while job creating small businesses in Maryland suffer, it pays to be a connected Maryland Democrat.