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Experience and Leadership Counts in the Attorney General’s Race

01.12.2014

There is a clear difference between the two leading candidates for Attorney General — Jon Cardin and Brian Frosh.

Their websites and Google suggest a clear path for progressive Marylanders as we decide how to vote in this critical race. The Attorney General is our lawyer and makes decisions everyday affecting our quality of life. The key issues — public safety, consumer protection, and environmental protection.

According to their websites, would you vote for. . .

“The people’s lawyer.”

A shepherd for legislation such as gun safety, marriage equality, repeal of the death penalty and protection for Maryland families against losing their homes. An author of important environmental laws, including a ban on drilling for oil and gas in the Chesapeake Bay as well as the Maryland Recycling Act. An advocate for consumers working to hold utility companies accountable for poor service and unreasonable rate hikes, and to make college affordable by reducing tuition costs at Maryland’s public colleges and universities.

A legislator recognized by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition along with more than 40 of the leading progressive groups in Maryland representing children, consumers, municipal government, bicycling, higher education, and the environment.

Brian Frosh has the experience to be an effective attorney general.

Or. . .

A legislator who passed the “toughest anti-cyber bullying law in the nation” and “grew up in a family uniquely dedicated to public service in Maryland” but whose biographical information lists no awards or other major accomplishments. He states that he has “been a leading voice for open government, campaign finance reform, and fair elections” but does not show recognition from Common Cause, the leading proponent on these issues.

Jon Cardin is big on talk but shows a lack of experience.

According to the first two pages from “Google”, would you vote for

Brian Frosh, the candidate endorsed by Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his leadership on gun safety along with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club — two major concerns facing the Attorney General. Brian Frosh exercises sound judgment and leadership.

Or. . .

Jon Cardin, who used a police boat and police helicopter to propose marriage, is pushing to ban non-biodegradable cigarette butts, and is introducing legislation requiring colleges to publicly report all incidences of sexual assault. No mention of leadership and no mention of endorsements. Jon Cardin lacks sound judgment and leadership.

So which candidate do you think is most qualified to be Maryland’s next Attorney General?