What happens when the powers that be don’t want to bother with the niceties of an election but would rather proceed directly to a coronation? You ignore the law and all appearances of propriety. At least that is the case when Maryland elections chief, and O’Malley / Brown ally, Linda Lamone decides to issue a ruling allowing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s campaign to raise money during the 2014 General Assembly session.
In theory, Lamone works for the State Board of Elections. Unfortunately for the people of Maryland, Lamone seems to thing that the board’s only purpose is to rubber stamp her actions. Such was the recent case where Lamone chose to bypass the Attorney General’s office in seeking an opinion as to whether Brown’s running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman could raise money for the Brown / Ulman ticket while Brown is expressly prohibited from doing so. Lamone then issued a ruling without bothering to consult the board – the people she supposedly reports to. Glynis Kazanjian, at Maryland Reporter, details Lamone’s actions and the reaction of one courageous board member.
Why bother with elections when bureaucrats can rule our lives?