Franchot steps up for Cambridge
Invites DNC interim chairman for city tour
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.