Mayoral follies

September 07, 2000

SHAME ON Mayor Martin O'Malley.

You know better than to hire your brother, even if he's being paid by a foundation grant - or you ought to. The distinction between surrounding yourself with trusted aides and nepotism is a clear one.

"I kind of look at having my brother there as protecting me," is not the kind of reasoning the city's chief executive should hide behind. Yet that's what you told The Sun's editorial board Wednesday.

Then there's the matter of your police chief hiring the brother of your top aide as his department's deputy director of public affairs.

When Baltimoreans elected you, they were seeking someone to fight crime and grime. They were also looking for a 21st century mayor, not an old-fashioned pol.

Guess which one you most resemble?

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