Democrats fight Ho­gan at their peril

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Frank Corkran, Fort Wash­ing­ton

It comes as no sur­prise that the loud­est voices in op­po­si­tion to Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s com­mon-sense mea­sure to start the school year af­ter La­bor Day are com­ing from the most par­ti­san Democrats who will stop at noth­ing to stop the gov­er­nor from en­act­ing the change he was elected to de­liver (“Ho­gan and Fran­chot: Pro­files in pan­der­ing,” Sept. 2).

If it had been An­thony Brown’s sig­na­ture is­sue that man­dated a post-La­bor Day start, I doubt we would hear this much grip­ing and vit­riol from Demo­cratic leg­is­la­tors, the teach­ers union and the like. That’s be­cause Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley’s own task force of teach­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, par­ents, busi­ness own­ers and leg­is­la­tors voted over­whelm­ingly to rec­om­mend start­ing school af­ter La­bor Day and found ab­so­lutely no ev­i­dence to sug­gest there was a detri­men­tal im­pact on stu­dents in do­ing so.

In fact, over 70 per­cent of Mary­lan­ders, two gov­er­nors, the comptroller and dozens of Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic leg­is­la­tors are in sup­port of start­ing school af­ter La­bor Day. Even Se­nate Pres­i­dent Thomas V. Mike Miller was for it be­fore he was against it, hav­ing sup­ported the mea­sure in 2013 un­der Gov­er­nor O’Mal­ley. It wasn’t un­til Gov­er­nor Ho­gan made his an­nounce­ment that Sen­a­tor Miller found the idea “ex­tra­or­di­nary and legally ques­tion­able.”

If Mary­land Democrats want to re­main rel­e­vant in the state’s fast-chang­ing po­lit­i­cal land­scape come 2018, it would be­hoove them to start work­ing with our prag­matic, wildly pop­u­lar gov­er­nor in the best in­ter­ests of all Mary­lan­ders in­stead of pick­ing par­ti­san bat­tles that only serve to di­vide us. If they don’t, it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble that many of them will be look­ing for new jobs af­ter the next elec­tion.

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