Md. a two-party state for political corruption

May 29, 2012

In his recent commentary, "Too many Md. politicians have chalk on the shoes" (May 25), Douglas Schmidt gets points for originality for inventing a standard he can use to smear people who have committed no crime. However, he uses it mostly to smear innocent Democrats while not mentioning GOP officials who have done the same things.

He neglected to mention that GOP candidate Ellen Sauerbrey not only maxed out donations from the Maryland Jockey Club to push for slots, but received donations from a scheme in which it traded contributions with a maxed-out contributor to New York Gov. George Pataki.

He also neglected to mention that GOP Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., after receiving substantial contributions from the Maryland Jockey Club and other racing interests, demanded that two casinos be given to the Maryland Jockey Club without competition. Mr. Ehrlich's loyalty to these interests was so deep that he refused to consider compromises that might have saved slots by permitting competition. Despite also receiving racing interest contributions, as Mr. Schmidt cites, Gov.Martin O'Malleyaccepted a compromise that required the Maryland Jockey Club to compete for only one casino, which it lost.

And oh yes, the nameless vice president did not merely resign in shame; Republican Spiro Agnew pleaded no contest to a crime.

James Kelly, Ellicott City

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