Fran­chot steps up for Cam­bridge

In­vites DNC in­terim chair­man for city tour

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH BOLLINGER [email protected]­

CAM­BRIDGE — Mary­land Comptroller Peter Fran­chot has in­vited Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee In­terim Chair­man Donna Brazile to join him on a tour of Cam­bridge, af­ter the city was the sub­ject of one DNC leaked email.

The email in ques­tion was writ­ten by DNC Na­tional Finance Di­rec­tor Jor­dan Ka­plan and was one among more than 19,000 DNC emails re­leased Fri­day, July 22, by Wik­iLeaks.

“It was fine. Sh---y town and were (sic) only stayed for a few hours,” Ka­plan wrote when asked how his trip to Cam­bridge went. “We spent the night in an­napo­lis (sic).”

In re­ac­tion to the com­ment, Fran­chot, who has vis­ited

Cam­bridge many times over his 10-year ten­ure as comptroller, sent a let­ter to Brazile and in­vited her to tour Cam­bridge, “a beau­ti­ful, his­toric town on the banks of the Chop­tank River that is home to thou­sands of good, hard­work­ing Mary­lan­ders,” the let­ter reads.

In Fran­chot’s let­ter, he wrote Cam­bridge was a com­mu­nity af­fected by the eco­nomic down­turn of the Great Re­ces­sion, but also wrote that it is on the rise and has made tremen­dous strides to re­build

the econ­omy with the “dili­gent work of many com­mu­nity lead­ers and elected of­fi­cials, small busi­ness own­ers and cit­i­zens.”

“That’s why as a proud Demo­crat and an even prouder Mary­lan­der, I was both­ered and dis­ap­pointed to learn of a dis­parag­ing and highly in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ment that a se­nior DNC staffer made about Cam­bridge in an email,” Fran­chot wrote.

“Had that in­di­vid­ual spent more than a few hours in Cam­bridge — vis­it­ing its charm­ing main street, meet­ing its warm and wel­com­ing res­i­dents, en­joy­ing its scenic views, and learn­ing about its his­tory and cul­ture — I trust that he

would have reached a dif­fer­ent con­clu­sion than the one he ig­no­rantly shared,” the let­ter reads.

Fran­chot in­vited to take Brazile on a tour of the city and to es­tab­lish­ments like Snap­pers Wa­ter­front Cafe, RAR Brew­ing and Craig’s Drug Store, all of which are sig­nif­i­cant busi­nesses in down­town Cam­bridge.

“Over the course of this po­lit­i­cal sea­son, we have all learned that un­in­formed and in­tem­per­ate lan­guage has con­se­quences and that we must cel­e­brate all of our peo­ple rather than tear some of them down. In that spirit, I’d like to ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to you to visit Cam­bridge,” Fran­chot

wrote. “I’m con­fi­dent that af­ter vis­it­ing Cam­bridge, you would share the af­fec­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Cam­bridge that I have.”

The DNC has apol­o­gized pub­licly for some of the con­tent in the leaked emails, some of which, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, were dis­cus­sions about how to un­der­cut Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton’s ri­val, U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont.

The leaked emails even­tu­ally led to the res­ig­na­tion of DNC Chair­man Debbie Wasser­man Schultz and Brazile be­ing des­ig­nated as in­terim chair­man.

“These com­ments do not re­flect

the val­ues of the DNC or our stead­fast com­mit­ment to neu­tral­ity dur­ing the nom­i­nat­ing process. The DNC does not — and will not — tol­er­ate dis­re­spect­ful lan­guage ex­hib­ited to­ward our can­di­dates,” stated the DNC in a Mon­day, July 25 re­lease. “In­di­vid­ual staffers have also right­fully apol­o­gized for their com­ments, and the DNC is tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to en­sure it never hap­pens again.”

The DNC press team did not re­spond to in­quiries from The Star

Demo­crat about whether Brazile will ac­cept Fran­chot’s in­vi­ta­tion.


The Chop­tank River Light­house glows be­neath the blue evening sum­mer sky as the July sun sets along the wa­ter­front at Long Wharf Park in Cam­bridge.


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