(BALTIMORE – January 10, 2019) – During the Baltimore City mayoral campaign of 2016, several candidates were in the race. However, only one stated that they could “hit the ground running.” And that person was former Mayor Sheila Dixon.
By most accounts, Dixon was probably right.
However, despite 1,800 voting irregularities in that citywide election (there were 200 in all of the state’s other 23 jurisdictions combined), Baltimore ended up with Catherine Pugh.
At the end of the day, Pugh’s Annapolis connections – in my best estimation – stole the election. There was even a mini-riot at Pugh’s office in Walbrook Junction after “Chicken Box Gate” where approximately 2,000 Baltimoreans were tricked out their vote. It received scantily clad news coverage.
Pugh won by, guess what, about 2,000 votes.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how that election was “de-certified”, thanks to efforts by an ad hoc group of concerned citizens, Voters Organized for the Integrity of City Elections (VOICE).
I would also be remiss if I didn’t note how Pugh’s longtime assistant, Gary Brown, was set to become a delegate in the 40th. Yet, Annapolis was not having it. The reason Brown was rejected is because, strangely, $18,000 landed in Pugh’s campaign by way of Brown’s mother, brother, and stepfather.
It was deemed illegal. Oddly enough, the investigation halted there and no one was the wiser.
Literally, I could go on for days about the debacle that robbed Dixon of her resurrection to mayor. Instead, I’ll just send you to her Facebook page because it looks like Dixon has made up her mind and I am so glad.
For more than two years, it has been absolutely painful to watch our city fall the way it has. And a new police commissioner is nice, but that’s only a part of what stymies Baltimore’s evolution to the city it can be.
For example, I have watched our beloved school system implode further to the extent that we have 13 schools where zero students are proficient in math. Additionally, 46% of our schools get a 2 out of 5 sta rating from the State of Maryland. Question: Who is going to hire these young people?
Long story short, it is time to take back our city from reckless hands. Frankly, I’ve never seen Baltimore this bad. So, come on back, Sheila Dixon! Baltimore needs you!