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Frosh running on his qualifications, record for attorney general

05.29.2014

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
by Kate S. Alexander, Staff writer

State Senator he wants to make a greater impact

A year ago, Sen. Brian E. Frosh did not expect to run for Maryland attorney general.
Rather, he was ready to support his colleague, Sen. Jamie B. Raskin, who was planning to run for the office. But when Raskin decided against running and urged Frosh to run instead, it got Frosh thinking.

“I’m very satisfied with career I’ve had in the General Assembly,” said Frosh (D-Dist. 16) of Somerset. “While I love the Senate — and that was a concern; I loved doing that job — the fact that I could have an even greater impact as attorney general outweighed that.”

Frosh, who has held public office for 28 years, said this was a good time to run. His two daughters are grown and gone, leaving him and his wife of almost 30 years, Marcy, as empty nesters.

As he reflected on his career as a lawmaker and an attorney, he said he is well suited for the job.

It was the presidential election of Ronald Reagan, who Frosh felt was unqualified for the job, that made him want to hold office.

“When I saw Reagan get elected in 1980, I was just galvanized,” he said.

In the General Assembly, Frosh has been a catalyst for many state laws, including the new Firearms Safety Act, the Maryland Recycling Act, a law that stopped drilling for oil and gas in the Chesapeake Bay, and one that overturned the effects of a controversial court ruling on pit bulls.

As chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Frosh was a key figure in the legalization of gay marriage, the repeal of the death penalty and protections for victims of domestic violence, among other laws.

For 35 years, Frosh, an attorney, has been with his private practice, Karp Frosh Wigodsky and Norwind, PA. He has worked on international antitrust issues, real estate and business litigation.

Frosh was named one of the best lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed publication, and was elected to the American Law Institute, which produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.

Frosh is one of three Democrats running this June for attorney general. Del. Jon L. Cardin (Dist. 11) and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (Dist. 25) also are in the race. The winner in the June 24 primary will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Wayne Dymowski in the general election.

An attorney general needs not just knowledge of government, but an understanding of how people in government work and how to work with them, Frosh said.

As he campaigns across the state, he said, he is hearing the same issues raised by voters: consumer protection, environmental protection and public safety.

“People want to feel safe in their neighborhoods; they want clean air to breathe; they want clean water to drink; and they want equal opportunity, a fair shot at the American dream,” he said. “They don’t want to be victims either in the sense of violent crime or scams, frauds and rip-offs.”

If elected, Frosh said, he wants to make sure environmental polluters get punished.

And he wants to go after those who prey on victims of credit card debt, the way outgoing Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) pursued mortgage lenders for foreclosures.

Frosh said lenders can sell consumer debt for pennies on the dollar. Often, it means honest borrowers can end up in court for money they may or may not owe.

“People get put in jail for debt in the United States as result of this,” he said. “The attorney general can play an important role in fixing this.”

kalexander@gazette.net


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