Hypocrisy, thy name is Mary­land Democrats

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - David Hol­stein, Parkville

When it comes to the hypocrisy of Mary­land’s Demo­cratic Party, one has to spell the word in cap­i­tal let­ters (“Ho­gan’s or­der on school start roil­ing pol­i­tics, par­ti­san roles,” Septem­ber 8). Did Nancy Kopp, the true-blue Demo­cratic Mary­land trea­surer, ac­cuse Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley of an “abuse of ex­ec­u­tive power” when he is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der man­dat­ing that new homes with sep­tic sys­tems use costly tech­nol­ogy to limit pol­lu­tion? Of course not. That char­ac­ter­i­za­tion only ap­plies when a Repub­li­can gov­er­nor dares to is­sue an ex­ec­u­tive or­der. Nancy Kopp is await­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian Frosh’s for­mal opin­ion on the mat­ter.

And then there’s House Speaker Michael E. Busch: “In a phone call with Frosh last week, [he] ar­gued that any­thing short of declar­ing the gov­er­nor’s ac­tion il­le­gal would set a bad prece­dent.” Re­ally? The truth of the mat­ter is that if Gov­er­nor O’Mal­ley or An­thony Brown, had he been elected gov­er­nor in­stead of Mr. Ho­gan, is­sued the same ex­ec­u­tive or­der re­gard­ing school start, we wouldn’t have heard a peep from Ms. Kopp or Mr. Busch, or any other Demo­crat in the leg­is­la­ture for that mat­ter.

Nu­mer­ous com­men­ta­tors have stated that they see noth­ing in ap­pli­ca­ble law that would ren­der Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der il­le­gal. So we’re about to find out whether Brian Frosh is an in­de­pen­dent at­tor­ney gen­eral or Mr. Busch’s lap­dog. The ar­ti­cle states that Mr. Frosh’s de­ci­sion “won’t nec­es­sar­ily be re­leased to the pub­lic.” Pre­dic­tion: If Mr. Frosh does Mr. Busch’s bid­ding, his de­ci­sion will be re­leased to the pub­lic; if he holds that the ex­ec­u­tive or­der is le­gal, it will not be re­leased to the pub­lic so as not to em­bar­rass Mr. Busch. Demo­cratic pol­i­tics, as usual, in Mary­land.

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