Sunday, July 27, 2008

Republicans Want Currie to Step Down

Unfree State

Maryland Republican leadership is calling for Prince George's County Sen. Ulysses Currie to step down from his powerful position as chairman of the state's Budget & Taxation Committee while he being investigated by the FBI for alleged corruption. 

"While Currie has not yet been charged with a federal crime, he has clearly violated state ethics laws by hiding his employment as a lobbyist for a large supermarket chain," Republican Party Chairman James Pelura said in a prepared statement. 

Pelura also commended Democratic Sen. President Mike Miller for pushing for Currie to stand down until this investigation is resolved.

In light of the litany of investigations and ethical lapses (Mayor Dixon, Senator Currie, County Executive Johnson, and Senator Nathaniel Exum),  Pelura also recommended a serious review of Maryland's ethics laws. 

We couldn't agree more with Pelura on both counts!

There is something smarmy about having a man who is being charged with taking money from a business to perform favors heading a committee that controls the purse strings of the state, where  current ethic laws make it easy for politicians to slip and slide through loopholes and avoid prosecution. 

What do you think?

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A Life Well Lived said...

Did Mike Miller really say that?

I don't think so. That would make the Republican Party people a bunch of liars, would it not?

Last Reporter said...

Look up the article Miller said if the investigation wasn't resolved before the session begins he thinks Currie should step aside from as chairman.

If you have the exact quote of him saying otherwise, put it up -- then send a copy to the Republican Party.

A Life Well Lived said...

So, you're without any resources of your own?

Like the MD Republican Party?

A Life Well Lived said...

Or Maybe he just said this:

Miller told the Sun, "As with anyone who hasn't been charged and is presumed innocent, at this point there really isn't an issue as to him continuing as a chairman of Budget and Taxation Committee."

Which makes Republicans look a little stupid.

I am sure you agree.

Mister D. said...

A Life Well Lived-

"Which makes Republicans look a little stupid."

Makes you look a lot stupid with all your marxist/troll posts.

Unfree State said...

A life,

Why do you play such time-wasting games? Here just one of many accounts of what Miller said. This is from the Gazette, owned by the liberal Washington Post:

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. told The [Baltimore] Sun this week that he may revisit whether Currie (D-Dist. 25) of District Heights can retain his chairmanship if the investigation stretches into next year’s legislative session.

That has ignited the popular parlor game of how the pieces might be realigned if Currie steps down temporarily or permanently.

The most likely scenario has Miller elevating Vice Chairman Edward J. Kasemeyer (D-Dist. 12) of Columbia and placing a committee veteran — perhaps James E. DeGrange Sr. (D-Dist. 32) of Glen Burnie or Verna L. Jones (D-Dist. 44) of Baltimore — in the No. 2 slot.


YOU should be proud that Miller is thinking along those lines. Even he sees the potential problems.

But then again, you're only trolling ....

A Life Well Lived said...

So you CAN do your own research when you have your back against the wall.

I noticed you provide no quotes with your post. But if you think even your post matches what the state GOP says about this then you're stretching as much as they are.

In the end, why wouldn't you. What elese have you got.

If you disagree with folks around here and use facts to back it up then you get called names; innacurately as it turns out. Dissagreement does not equal "troll."

Mister D. said...

"Dissagreement does not equal "troll.""

No,just you.

What "elese" have you got?

"A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere."=Groucho Marx