Cennamology Chief Editor
The Maryland gubernatorial primary is just one week away, and many people have already voted either by absentee ballot or early voting. And while most of us who have not voted yet are talking about the governor's race, there is one other race on the ballot worth discussion: the race for Maryland's next attorney general.
Like the Democratic primary for governor, the Democratic primary for attorney general also has three candidates. These candidates are State Sen. Brian Frosh, Del. Jon Cardin, and chair of the legislative black caucus Del. Aisha Braveboy (if the race was who had the coolest last name, she would win). Most polls have shown Frosh and Cardin neck-and-neck for first place, with Braveboy about 10 to 15 points behind them in third place.
However, since this race has flown largely under the radar, there is still a large percentage of undecided voters (over 40 percent in some polls). For those who have yet to decide, I hope you join me in supporting Sen. Brian Frosh to be our state's next attorney general.
Even Governor Martin O'Malley has endorsed Frosh, which was surprising because with this endorsement, he risks tension with Sen. Ben Cardin. If O'Malley, on the road to his presidential campaign, is willing to risk the elder Cardin's allegiances in order to endorse the man running against his nephew, then that speaks loudly as to the kind of man Sen. Frosh is.
Frosh is a fellow Montgomery County resident, which is not the only reason why I support him. I support him because of his three decades worth of public service experience and the excellent record he has achieved within those thirty years. Frosh has been a leader on a plethora of public policy issues, from marriage equality, to environmental protection, to combating gun violence, to standing up against domestic violence, to protecting women's rights. Frosh has been a leader on issues that many Democrats across America have been too cowardly to act on. Without a doubt, Frosh is a fighter.
Frosh was born to lead, and his command and knowledge on policy issues proves that. The Washington Post, in their endorsement of him, said Frosh is "one of the most admired, intelligent, civil and hardworking lawmakers in Annapolis." Take the Post's word for it, Frosh has earned every vote cast in his name.
As an environmentalist, Frosh has earned my vote because of his three decades of advocacy for environmental stewardship, protection and responsibility. Endorsed by the Sierra Club, Frosh has championed environmental solutions that will bring Maryland and America into the 21st century, including strict automobile efficiency standards, a ban on oil drilling in the Chesapeake Bay, the cleanup of thousands of contaminated industrial sites, expanding recycling programs and many more solutions that will help our environment and our economy. Frosh is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and will continue his record of protecting the Bay and the rest of Maryland's environment as attorney general. Frosh is the best candidate to continue the environmentally-focused tradition that Doug Gansler has brought to the Office of the Attorney General for the past eight years.
Although I am sure Del. Braveboy would do a great job as attorney general, I am not able to vote for her in the primary because of her vote against marriage equality in the state legislature. I am not a single-issue voter, nor am I in favor of litmus tests for Democratic candidates, but candidates in primary elections (this one included) are usually very close together ideologically, and in order to choose one over the other I have to nitpick to some extent.
I cannot vote for Del. Cardin because his record is nowhere near as impressive as Frosh's. Many of my friends who have worked in Annapolis have told me that Del. Cardin has done nothing but ride his uncle's coattails. Also, Cardin has cited family obligations for missing 121 out of 164 committee votes. I understand that politicians are real people who have families just like the rest of us, but they are elected to vote, and when they do not vote they are not doing their jobs. Cardin was elected to the House of Delegates to vote on the very important issues that affect all Marylanders, and he let all of us down (not just those in his district) for missing so many votes.
Frosh showed up to work, Cardin did not. A policeman does not ignore an armed robbery because of "family obligations," nor does a surgeon leave his patient on the operating table for the same reason. Legislators should be held to the same standards, and because Cardin missed 75 percent of votes in Annapolis, I do not know if I trust that he is truly up for the job of attorney general.
Also, I understand that Cardin was just trying to be sweet using a Baltimore police helicopter to propose to his girlfriend at the Inner Harbor (and as a fellow man in love, I can sympathize), but he could have proposed to her in a way that was more considerate of the taxpayers.
Frosh's record speaks for itself, but in a race that's expected to be just as close (if not closer) than the governor's race, I needed to share why I think you should vote for Sen. Frosh. He has made a difference every day he was in the state senate, and he will do the same as attorney general. For more information about his stances on the issues, visit his campaign website at www.brianfrosh.com.