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Brian Frosh says he’s ‘best qualified’ to be next Md. attorney general

05.19.2014

CUMBERLAND — State Sen. Brian Frosh, a candidate for Candidate for Maryland attorney general, visited Cumberland on Wednesday by invitation of the Western Maryland Central Labor Council AFL-CIO to show his support for unions and to share his viewpoints on the issues affecting Maryland today.

“I’m going to every corner of the state,” said Frosh, 67, who makes his home in Bethesda.

A Democrat, Frosh, has spent more than 20 years in Maryland government.
initially elected as a delegate in 1988. He was voted into the state Senate in 1994. A practicing attorney, Frosh represents District 16, which covers the southwest corner of Montgomery County. “I can make more of a difference as attorney general than in judicial proceedings,” he said.

The chair of the judicial proceeding committee, Frosh feels he is prepared to become Maryland’s next attorney general.
“I think I’m the best qualified and will do the best job of the candidates,” said Frosh.

The Democratic primary on June 24 will pit Frosh against Del. Jon Cardin and Aisha Braveboy of Prince George’s County.

Frosh stopped by the Times-News for an interview before speaking at the labor council headquarters.

“The labor council and Cas Taylor had invited me to visit,” he said, “I love Cumberland and the mountains. I’m a biker,” said Frosh.

Frosh said he enjoyed biking the Cumberland area and seeing the Paw Paw Tunnel.

With more than 20 years in the Senate, Frosh has put his stamp on many bills. Issues he says that have been in the forefront recently include gun safety, consumer rights and foreclosure practices, environmental protection, statue of limitations on violent crime, women’s rights and identity theft.

“Everywhere in the state I go, people want to be safe in their neighborhoods; they want clean water to drink; they want equal opportunity, a great education and a shot at the American dream,” said Frosh, a father of two.

Frosh said recently helped to stop the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration from selling resident’s information.

“I wrote the law to stop it. Their excuse was that they were making a lot of money from it,” said Frosh.

He also helped to enact gun law with the Maryland Fire Arms Safety Act.

“I respect the second amendment. We are trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The elements of the firearms safety act are really drawn from best practices around the country,” he said.

Frosh said that lawbiding citizens can keep their guns. They can also obtain hand guns, hunting rifles and shotguns with the possible exception of assault rifles.

Receiving many state and national awards and accolades over his career, Frosh says that casting your vote is absolutely critical as a lawmaker.

“It’s your job to vote. Voting in committee is the most important part of the job.”

Frosh said voting in the Senate you are one of 47, but when voting in a committee you are one of 11.

“It’s were you have the most leverage and influence. A committee must approve the bill before it goes to the floor. Committee is where the real work of the General Assembly is done.”

“I’m running for this job because I want the job and I think I will be really good at it,” said Frosh. “I want to be the people’s lawyer,”

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