The Glover Report: We Thought You Wanted Your Current Position

“You want it until you get it; but when you get it,
you don’t want it.”

                                                                 Donald E. Glover

 

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(BALTIMORE – November 26, 2019) – Enough already with the musical chairs. Pick a spot and sit in it!

One of the primary responsibilities of our elected officials is to write laws. That being so, I think it is high time some intelligent person in the Maryland General Assembly puts together a bill in the upcoming 2020 session that aligns Baltimore City’s primary election with the State’s primary election date. This way, we won’t have people in one state elected position running for another position. If a person is interested in a different elected position, they should be required to relinquish their current post. It’s only fair to the voters.

We need leaders we can count on to stay and do the job. In previous columns, I refer to this ambitious nature as “the O’Malley Syndrome”. It’s when a person who hasn’t been in a post for 5 minutes is already looking at the next level. In O’Malley’s case, that took him to the US Presidential landscape where he didn’t do so well.

Maryland, and any state for that matter, deserves leaders who are going to at least master one level before jumping to the next level. After all, the people deserve to see some results – not just rhetoric, graphics and Powerpoint presentations.

On the state level, legislators review over 2,500 bills. Can a person truly do such a demanding task and run for office – and in a case or two – definitely lose? What does that say to voters? Isn’t it like telling your new spouse that you are picking up a side piece for good luck?

If, for instance, you are running for the vacated 7th Congressional seat February 28, 2020, isn’t that in the middle of the 2020 Maryland General Assembly? Doesn’t this mean that the citizens in one’s state legislative district are being shortchanged? After all, running for one office while charged with writing legislation in another is like three full-time jobs. It simply cannot be done effectively. Something is going to suffer. Period. End of story. A person in such a position is not giving their all to the task at-hand, a job that they, in fact, told the world via television, radio, newspapers, websites, press releases, Facebook and Twitter posts that they wanted more than anything in the world.

In short, it is confusing and disingenuous for a person to sit up there one year telling us how they are going to be the greatest delegate or senator in the history of mankind only to turn around the next year and run for another position. It leaves the public confused and not knowing just what to believe. And further, it makes it so that you cannot trust a word that comes out of a politician’s mouth.

I think it is self-serving and terribly unfair to the citizens, too. Quite frankly, and I can’t speak for you, but I feel lied to.

Last year, Delegate Mary Washington told the world that she wanted to be the State Senator for the 43rd district. She and her supporters painted an ugly picture of State Senator Joan Carter Conway, a legend in Annapolis. Now, you mean to tell me that all bets are off and she is now seeking to run for mayor of Baltimore City as mayor? Huh?

To run Baltimore at the present clearly requires an experienced hand, not someone who is guessing. I tell ya – I just don’t like it.

And then there is State Senator Jill P. Carter. She invoked the name of Parren J. Mitchell and Elijah Cummings recently in an interview on Fox as she announced that she is joining a long list of candidates who are running for the 7th Congressional Seat left vacant by the passing of the late Congressman. One minute, Carter stated that she was tired of being in the legislature, then she ran for the Senate when Nat Oaks went to prison, and now is abandoning – at least momentarily – the newly won Senate post for a run at a very elusive federal level position.

Delegate Talmadge Branch has also put his name in the ring for Elijah’s former seat. While he is the Majority Whip in the House of Delegates, he too finds a need to move up.

While I plainly see the benefit for the said politician, what about the people and the job they just promised to do under oath? Was it a farce, a show, just for fun?

We need commitment. We need dedicated public servants who take their jobs seriously, not a person who will fold whichever way the wind is blowing. And honestly, the citizens of Maryland and any other state simply deserve better.

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