Szeliga lacks Mary­land val­ues

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Julie Su­gar, Bal­ti­more

A new ad has ap­peared on Mary­land’s air­waves that es­pouses the sup­posed mer­its of Del. Kathy Szeliga, the Repub­li­can can­di­date for Bar­bara Mikul­ski’s U.S. Se­nate seat. It as­serts that Del­e­gate Szeliga works to help Mary­land’s most vul­ner­a­ble ci­ti­zens, that she pri­or­i­tizes lead­er­ship over pol­i­tics and that she will in­spire Mary­lan­ders to cre­ate a bet­ter state and “push us to be the best we can be.” Un­for­tu­nately, th­ese claims are con­tra­dicted by her record (“A rel­a­tive new­comer, Szeliga has be­come lead­ing voice for GOP,” Oct. 22).

Far from be­ing a stal­wart ad­vo­cate for Mary­land’s most vul­ner­a­ble, she op­posed im­por­tant leg­is­la­tion that would help marginal­ized neigh­bor­hoods in Bal­ti­more. Un­like Gov. Larry Ho­gan, she fought against leg­is­la­tion that would make col­lege more af­ford­able for Mary­lan­ders. Her sup­port for Don­ald Trump, who con­tin­u­ally de­grades and in­sults women and mi­nori­ties, has, in her words, “never wa­vered,” and she’s voted against mar­riage equal­ity and against paid sick leave. She could not be fur­ther away from the ideals of Sen. Bar­bara Mikul­ski, who em­bod­ies Mary­land val­ues.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, on the other hand, does stand for Mary­land val­ues and pri­or­i­ties, and that’s why Sen­a­tor Mikul­ski has en­dorsed him. He’s fought for Mary­lan­ders across the state, made sure that those who need help re­ceive it and strives to grow our econ­omy in a way that works for ev­ery­one. The ad says that “one in­spired leader can out-per­form one hun­dred leg­is­la­tors.” Mr. Van Hollen is and al­ways has been that leader and he has the record to prove it. That’s why I sup­port him for U.S. Se­nate.

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