Busch, Frosh Colluding on Opinions
We keep telling you about the stench of Democratic corruption in Annapolis. And now, we have just another example of it:
A top aide to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has accused House Speaker Michael E. Busch of trying to pressure Attorney General Brian Frosh to rule that Hogan’s order to start the school year after Labor Day was illegal.
Within days after Hogan (R) issued his Aug. 31 executive order, Busch (D-Anne Arundel) called Frosh to discuss how long it would take for the attorney general’s office to review the order and opine on whether Hogan overreached.
The Baltimore Sun, whose reporter overheard Busch’s end of the conversation, wrote that Busch told the attorney general that he would set a bad precedent if his office did not determine that Hogan’s action was illegal.
“You’re going to empower this guy to continue to roll out these executive orders rather than propose legislation,” Busch reportedly told Frosh, a fellow Democrat and former state lawmaker.
One of the least surprising things about the Democratic angst around Governor Hogan’s Executive Order on school schedules is the fact that the Democrats in the General Assembly realize that they are fighting a losing battle. Because of this, they will grasp any straws necessary in order to try to justify their opposition to the Governor, even if it means trying to blur the line between the branches of State Government in order to get their way. Nor is it surprising that Busch would expect Frosh to be a partisan ally, since Frosh has been a reliable party man and has gone out of his way to use the Attorney General’s office as a political weapon as he has in the AG’s for United for Clean Power scandal and his refusal to hand over documents related to it.
What should really tell you how weak the Maryland Democrats position is that Busch leaned heavily on Frosh for an opinion that favored the Democratic Party talking point on Governor Hogan’s executive power and all they really got was some wishy-washy legalese and a note that the General Assembly could repeal the Governor’s Executive Order anyway; something that surely both the Hogan Administration and House leadership already knew. Except Busch and legislative Democrats were hoping that Frosh’s office would give them a legal way out instead of reiterating that legislative powers that they knew they already had. They did not, which means that the General Assembly would have to repeal and overwhelmingly popular action by Governor Hogan on legal grounds that were murky at best.
The story of the Governor’s executive order, however, is not the main focus of this particular story. This story has everything to do with House Speaker Mike Busch having the audacity to lean on the Attorney General of Maryland, an independently elected constitutional officer, to throw away his legal training and do only what was in the best interests of the party. That Democratic leaders are this scared of Governor Hogan’s success in his first two years shows the importance of re-electing him in 2018 and the need to crush the Democratic monopoly once and for all through comprehensive redistricting reform.
This is merely another example why the audacity of the Democrats in Annapolis should appall you, regardless of your party affiliation.