Maryland, home to GorT and the adolescent home for two other Gormogons, is a very blue state. Since the inception of a governorship of the state in 1777 with Thomas Johnson, the state has had 29 democrat governors and only 6 republican governors. In fact, historically, there have been more federalist and democratic-republican governors (9 each) than the modern republican variety. Prior to Gov. Bob Ehrlich, the last republican governor was Spiro Agnew who resigned his office to become the VPOTUS in 1969. According to a 2010 Gallup poll, Maryland is the third most democrat-favoring state with a 22% advantage for the democrat party in registered voter party affiliations, trailing the District of Columbia and Vermont.
So when you hear cries of crony capitalism and favoring businesses for particular contracts, one might think that it is a charge led by the majority here. But you’d be wrong. Governor O’Malley is supporting a bill (HB576) which would bestow a special legal status on public-private partnerships with a retroactive clause. If this bill passes the Senate, processes intended to ensure competitive and fair bidding on state projects could be bypassed. One doesn’t have to look far to see why this is being pushed now – from Martha Mossburg’s piece in the Baltimore Sun:
As a refresher, the $1.5 billion taxpayer-financed project in Baltimore City is stalled due to a lawsuit by a group of downtown business owners who claim the state circumvented the competitive bidding process to choose developers. The state tried to dismiss the case and failed — and then, outrageously, countersued plaintiffs for $100 million and failed again. So far, the state has refused to provide documentation on the project as required by court order.
Del. Luiz Simmons, Democrat of Montgomery County, said of the bill, “What we are about to do is to become legislators in a banana republic where they routinely interfere with the judicial process on behalf of special interests.”
And they are not just any special interests but close allies of Governor O’Malley. A long list of political supporters would benefit from the State Center development, including lobbyist Sean Malone, Mr. O’Malley’s labor commissioner during his time as mayor of Baltimore. He represents State Center LLC, as well as other organizations that stand to gain from this legislation, including East Baltimore Development Inc., the secretive, taxpayer-funded organization overseeing the haltingly slow redevelopment of land around Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The lobbyist’s influence on the legislation was so strong that Mr. Simmons said he was told to “work it [his objections] out with Sean Malone.”
As Martha Mossburg points out in her lead paragraph, Maryland just received a D- grade for corruption risk in a national report. Maybe someone should point this “culture of corruption” out to Nancy Pelosi.
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