Union Loan to Brown is More of the Same

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s Campaign for Governor must be in dire straits if his campaign needed to borrow $500,000 from the Laborers International Union.

Of course anybody who has been paying attention to Maryland Politics for some time understands that this is more of the same, cozy relationship between Labor Unions and Maryland Democrats that we have seen for some time.

As a reminder, let us take you back to May 2013, when the AFL-CIO organized a protest of the Montgomery County Democratic Party Spring Ball:

As the AFL-CIO release notes, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin are among those who are refusing to cross the line. As David Moon notes at Maryland Juice, State Senator Brian Frosh and Delegates Bill Frick and Jon Cardin, all candidates for Attorney General, are also skipping the protest.

As Moon notes “the MCDCC ball is one of the key revenue generators for the MoCo Democratic Party’s annual budget” and the Committee is being put into the position where they may have to issue refunds to donors who refuse to cross the AFL-CIO picket line.I’ve been around politics a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of Democratic protest that seem self-defeating from the outside, but I have never seen Maryland Democrats drink the kool-aid quite like I have on this particular issue. This is not a case where Democrats are boycotting a particular business or candidate, but they are boycotting their own party apparatus. This action will clearly have a deleterious effect on the ability of the Montgomery County Democratic Party to raise additional money, train activists, and deploy resources to other, more competitive counties in Maryland.

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And it is only when you think about it in those terms when you realize that this is how much the Maryland Democratic Party and its leaders are beholden to powerful labor unions. The AFL-CIO said there was going to be a picket line protesting this event, and not one Democrat with statewide ambition seems to have the stones to cross that line. It’s as if the union said “jump” and the Maryland Democratic Party asked “how high?”

The Maryland Democratic Party has proven itself, in this one episode, to be little more than a fully owned subsidiary of organized labor. Really helps to answer the question of whose interests elected Democrats are serving in Annapolis, doesn’t it?

That Brown has to borrow money this late in the campaign from a Labor Union says proves two things:

  1. The Brown Camapaign is basically out of money and out of time; and,
  2. A Brown-Ulman Administration will focus on doing the bidding of their Union backers moreso than they will on working on behalf of Maryland’s taxpayers.

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