Maryland Democrats Make Their Case For Attorney General's Office | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland Democrats Make Their Case For Attorney General's Office

Play associated audio
Sen. Brian Frosh, left, Del. Jon Cardin and Del. Aisha Braveboy squared off in a debate Monday night.
Matt Bush/WAMU
Sen. Brian Frosh, left, Del. Jon Cardin and Del. Aisha Braveboy squared off in a debate Monday night.

The three Democrats seeking to become Maryland's next attorney general clashed in their first debate at the University of Maryland-College Park last night.

Qualifications to become the state's top legal officer were a big topic of discussion among the trio. Polls show Baltimore County delegate Jon Cardin in the lead, but he is now battling back against attacks that he missed 75 percent of votes in the committee he served on in the General Assembly during the last four years. Cardin said none of those missed votes affected whether a bill was passed.

"We have to balance our roles as a family person. As a parent, and as a husband. And as a legislator. I am confident that I did 100 percent of the work," Cardin says.

But longtime Montgomery County senator Brian Frosh has pounced on the allegation.

Meanwhile, Prince George's County delegate Aisha Braveboy has not served in Annapolis as long as Frosh or Cardin, but highlighted her work as an attorney.

"I am the only candidate who answered the call of former Chief Judge Bell, when he called for all attorneys in the state of Maryland to be trained to represent families facing foreclosure," Braveboy says.

Other questions touched on Maryland's poor record on open government and transparency. Each candidate gave an example where they broke with their party on that. For Braveboy, it was the redrawn 2011 Congressional map.

"Maryland failed on that. As attorney general, I will open up that process so that you the citizen can be fully engaged in redistricting in Maryland," she says.

Cardin talked about his opposition to the speed cameras.

"I thought that it was creating some uncertainty and non-confidence because people thought this was a money-grab," Cardin says.

For Frosh, he mentioned that he finally allowed live streaming of audio of votes in the senate committee he chaired: judicial proceedings.

"I took the most controversial bill that has been dealt with in my committee or any other committee for the last 20 years — the Firearm Safety Act — and I live streamed the eight hour voting session," Frosh says.

The winner of the Democratic primary will be the overwhelming favorite in the general election over the lone Republican running: corporate lawyer Jeffrey Pritzker.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.
NPR

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.