TGR: Bates Aims to Replace Marilyn Mosby in SAO Race in Baltimore

Photo: Mareco Edwards, Ivan Bates & Arnold Jolivet

(BALTIMORE – October 26, 2017) – I do not know what the problem is with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office, but it just does not pass the smell test. Based on several interviews, I am not convinced that the office under Marilyn Mosby is operating with a level of competency necessary to do an adequate job in the overall city’s efforts to combat crime. Regardless of who her mentor is, there is too much evidence suggesting that Mosby is more of a politician than a crime fighter and that her office is more geared to pretty media play than it is to making a positive difference in Baltimore. Her political career seems to be more important than the well-being and quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore.

The challenge, though, is that a lot of people are being misled. The media – local and national – tends to paint a picture of a woman who stopped a riot. And I take issue with this. My thing is simply to tell the truth. Do not lie to me or make it seem like you care about the people if, in fact, you do not. I hate when the media tries to think for me and paint a picture that is simply not true. At that point, I am insulted.

Sure, Mosby snatched the heart of people everywhere who only wanted to see righteousness after the tragic and untimely death of Freddie Gray. Nationally, Mosby is regarded by many as a shero. Yet, upon careful investigation, Mosby’s track record remains in question.

Hence, at least two other people insist that they can do a better job.

Admittedly, I am an Ivan Bates fan for sure. He is running against Mosby in June 2018. Sure, he has been a strong supporter of However, money has yet to sway my political opinions in 15 years of running this website. Unbought, unbossed, and unbowed, is committed to telling the truth.

Put differently, I don’t care how much money you have. My obligation to our readers insists that I tell the truth – regardless of money. Consequently, Bmorenews is both loved and hated. And I think the hate comes from a dark place with little sense of hope.

On the other hand, I pray we have given a lot of hope to an otherwise hopeless city in lieu of the wicked politics that seem to be an albatross around our neck and permeate the very fabric of local politics.

At present, Baltimore City is in the midst of turmoil. It’s as if nothing positive is happening – although. we do have approximately 290 murders in Baltimore for 2017 and yet we still have to get through November and December. Such earth-shattering statistics suggest that Baltimore is more deadlier than any other region of the world. Truth is, Baltimore is a terribly violent city with no end in sight.

In short, although Marilyn Mosby touts a 93% conviction rate, something is just not adding up. What I see is a snow storm PR job done on her behalf to make it seem like she has made a difference in Baltimore. And I promise you, I have searched my soul through and through so as to possibly avoid this stance. However, based on multiple interviews by, I have yet to believe that Mosby is, in fact, the best person for the job. To her credit, her offices’ charging of the six Baltimore City Police Department officers allegedly responsible for the loss of Freddie Gray was something former Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein would not likely do. At the same time, I have a plethora of questions about the Mosby administration’s handling of this case. From my perch, I saw that office go harder after the black officers than it did the white officers who were literally responsible for Gray’s death because they caused, in my honest opinion, the injury that led to Gray’s death. I think the local media in conjunction with a State’s Attorney’s Office drunk off of the wine of fame has clouded the vision of the public.

I feel like somebody is doing a bait-and-switch on the people of Baltimore with a lot of mis-information.

Further, when I learned of the dozens of female assistant State’s Attorneys who have left that office since the inception of Mosby, I can only wonder why. How and why would a black female assistant State’s Attorney leave that office if Mosby is the iconic person she presents herself as being? Something is not adding up.

I cannot place my finger on it, but there seems to be something fundamentally wrong with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. Again, I am no legal expert or guru, but I do portend to have a modicum of common sense. And common sense suggests that while it may be hidden, the truth has yet to come out about Mosby. I think Mosby rode the wave of stardom, but in the process she lost sight of the job.

I have lived in this city for most of my 52 years. Consequently, I think I have as good an opinion as anybody else when it comes to gauging the status of my city as well as the kind of job being done by those who claim to love Baltimore. I do not care how cute you are, how rich you are or where you went to school. If you do not serve the city correctly, I am going to tell you if I think you are wrong or going about things in the wrong way.