What a Double Standard!
August 4, 2010 Leave a comment
First of all, let me say how thankful I am to have Bryan Sears, the political editor for Patuxent Publishing. Without him, we may never know what goes on inside our County Council. It’s not like the Sun covers much about local politics. End side note.
Yesterday morning, I awoke to the link on my Twitter with this headline, “Council bill bans those convicted of crimes from lobbying, negotiating with county.” Of course, I’m intrigued. What could the County Council possibly have to say about working with convicted felons. Now, please understand that this particular law is aimed at two people, Bruce Bereano and Mike Day. And ironically enough, the only person to vote against the bill was Ken Oliver, one of the subjects of my plight today.
Isn’t it interesting how the County Council would be concerned about convicted felons lobbying the Council, but not about them serving on it? As most of you know, Sam Moxley was convicted of not one, but two DUI’s in two years time. He was actually reelected after the first one. Seriously people, you would vote a man into office who had endangered your lives on the streets of Catonsville? Water under the bridge I suppose. At least he’s not coming back next year.
But let’s focus on one who is. Ken Oliver, convicted of theft related to campaign finance laws, got to keep his job as well. Doesn’t it make you feel safe when you are represented by not one, but two convicted felons, both of which received lighter than normal sentences due to the fact that they are in public office?
All of a sudden the Council is so concerned about a person’s criminal record. Please understand that I am not advocating that felons should be allowed to lobby the County Council, but I do believe that the law should clean out all thugs or no thugs. You can’t have your cake and eat it too folks. This is another reason why it’s so important that we elect people to our County Council who have integrity and conscience. You all know that I 100% support Steve Whisler in District 1 who I know possesses these very qualities. We have to do whatever it takes to get these local candidates elected and bring balance and integrity back to our elected offices.