The Maryland Democratic Party: A Cesspool of Corruption
Maryland Democrats have had a bad week when it comes to corruption.
Today, in Baltimore City:
Gary Brown Jr., a campaign aide to Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, has been indicted on charges that he violated election laws during her campaign.
Brown, who is currently nominated to become a state delegate, was indicted Friday by the Baltimore City Grand Jury, court documents show. The charges allege that between Jan. 13 and April 9, 2016, Brown deposited cash into the bank accounts of his mother, step-father and brother and then immediately contributed that money in the names of his mother, step-father and brother to the Pugh campaign.
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Brown at least had the courtesy and decency to be indited prior to taking the oath of office, allowing Governor Larry Hogan to rescind the nomination (Brown was scheduled to take the oath of office tomorrow) and to get the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee a chance to do it right. Hopefully this gives the opportunity for somebody else who isn’t about to be indicted to get appointed to this seat.
Prosecutors assert that the conspiracy dates from at least 2012 and extended through 2015, and includes a series of bribes, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Rosenstein said Thursday that the investigation is ongoing. At least two more government officials are expected to be charged, according to court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.
The affidavit does not name the officials but describes them as a former elected official and a state delegate, who is a member of the House Economic Matters Committee who voted to extend Sunday alcohol sales in 2015.
All elected officials in Prince George’s County are Democrats. And just so we’re clear as to who recommended the disgraced liquor board commissioner for his post:
A Hogan spokesman said the governor reappointed Sud, a College Park lawyer, to the board after the legislative session and after consulting with the office of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert).
Miller could not be reached Friday to comment on Sud’s resignation.
All of these corruption issues don’t even taken into account Delegate Dan Morhaim’s corrupt dealings on medical marijuana and the General Assembly’s weighing as to whether or not he should be removed from office. Nor does it take into account the Democrats full-throated support of Martin O’Malley’s handouts to friendly developers, collusion on legal opinions, illegal fundraising, and scores of other questionable activities.
The focus of Maryland Democrats recently has been more on Governor Hogan and his relationship with Donald Trump. Even today, former Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Pat Murray is trying to “help” the Governor with suggestions on how to work with President-elect Donald Trump. It’s a common occurrence among Maryland Democrats, who are more fixated on continuing their Trump obsession than they are with governing. But more alarmingly is the fact that Maryland Democrats are raising issues, both real and imagined, with the impending Trump presidency while simultaneously ignoring the issues that are going on in their own backyard. I’m not even talking about the lack of a substantive Democratic candidate for Governor or their hidden defeat on election day.
The biggest concern is the fact that the Maryland Democratic Party seems willing to continue to tolerate corruption among its membership. The party of Mandel, the party of Tommy Bromwell, the party of Larry Young, the party of Ulysses Currie continues to tolerate widespread corruption among its ranks with nary a care about the legal, ethical, or political consequences. You would think that even after all of this time that the Democrats would realize that nothing lasts forever. But they seem determined, as they always are, to close ranks and try to hope that nobody notice the corruption that seems to permeate Democrats at every level.
Maybe the Maryland Democratic Party should worry less about Governor Hogan’s relationship with President-elect Trump and more time trying to figure out how their party became a rotting cesspool of corruption that they have allowed to fester for decades.