Md GOP considers 'Don Dwyer resolution' to oust officials

  • Del. Don Dwyer Jr. was charged with drunken driving in August -- months after pleading guilty to operating a boat while drunk last summer.
Del. Don Dwyer Jr. was charged with drunken driving in August… (Handout photo courtesy…)
November 22, 2013|Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Republicans will consider what insiders are calling "the Don Dwyer Resolution" that encourages elected officials to resign if convicted of a crime that carries jail time.

The proposal, which informally references Anne Arundel County Del. Don Dwyer and his 60-day sentence for alcohol-related offenses, is one of four resolutions submitted for the party's rank-and-file to consider as the Maryland GOP convenes in Annapolis for its fall convention this weekend.

Earlier drafts of the resolution said the Maryland Republican Party would not support or endorse candidates who had served time in jail, but the revised version under consideration Friday night only applied elected officials incarcerated during their time in office.

"You have to go to jail for this to even affect you," said John Fiastro Jr., chair of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee and one of the backers of the resolution.

Fiastro said that while the resolution could not remove someone from office, its passage would send a strong signal about the conduct the Maryland GOP shuns.

"It should be embarrassing for every Marylander that we have public officials who have served jail time making public policy," he said. 


If approved by a committee and passed by rank-and-file members, the resolution would apply to Dwyer and to former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, a Republican who resigned from office earlier this year and served 30 days in jail for misconduct. Leopold is appealing a provision of his sentence that forbids him from running for re-election. 

For a decade, Dwyer served as a delegate from the Glen Burnie area. This year, in two separate incidents, he pleaded guilty to operating a boat while under the influence and driving while alcohol impaired. 

He was scheduled to begin serving his sentence on weekends beginning Nov. 8. Dwyer was not available to comment Friday night. 

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