The Maryland Democratic Party today held a press conference with Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and State Senator Joanne Benson
Maryland Republicans have a history of using dirty tricks on Election Day. In most cases, these intentional efforts at voter suppression are targeted at minority voters and others who traditionally vote for Democratic candidates. During the 2012 Early Vote period U.S. Senate candidate Rob Sobhani ran a misleading radio ad filled with misstatements, innuendo and manipulation. The Sobhani campaign also distributed misleading fliers with a photo of President Obama.
Please find the following statements from today’s presser:
State Senator Benson
“We are here to protect voters and to ensure that there is no voter suppression. We are serious about making sure all citizens have the right to go to the polls and vote, and know their vote will be counted.”
State’s Attorney Alsobrooks
“Nobody can steal this election. We have established a voter protection hotline individuals can call: 1-888-678-VOTE. Any individual can call it from any polling place if they have questions or concerns … We want to send the message that anyone who intends to suppress the vote, we will sue the full force of law to make sure everyone can cast their vote.”
Lt. Governor Brown
“It wasn’t too long ago, that a deliberate attempt was made to suppress the African American vote … These calls were designed and approved by the campaign manager for Ehrlich for Governor campaign and a consultant to the campaign. And the good news is that here in Maryland, both of those people were prosecuted and convicted and paid a fine. So we take this seriously and we will this year as well.”
Attorney General Gansler
“In the last election, we prosecuted someone here in Prince George’s County who was passing out literature that was potentially deceptive. They were prosecuted; they were convicted of a criminal charge. I bring this up because we want to make sure people understand there are consequences associated with attempting to suppress the vote … This is the kind of nonsense that we don’t want to see in Maryland, we want to have open fair elections; we don’t want people to be suppressed”
Democratic Whip Hoyer
“There is a piece of paper being handed out of Mr. Sobhani and his supporters and the clear implication being that Barack Obama is for him. That is a lie; that is a misrepresentation that is intent to defraud the voter’s knowledge so that they can vote correctly. In fact of course, Barack Obama supports Ben Cardin”
“Not only do we have to make sure that people have access to polling places and do not have their votes suppressed, but also that they have accurate information, not misinformation like the election is over or the election is on Wednesday or that Barack Obama is for someone else as opposed to being for Senator Cardin.”
Early Voting centers are still open today (Sunday) until 6 PM.
If you haven’t already voted and it’s safe for you to do so, please go out and vote today.
Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that Maryland added 9,800 jobs in September and the unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent.
Today’s jobs report confirms that after the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes, we’re moving forward again. With the Maryland economy adding 9,800 jobs – 98% of them in the private sector – September marked the best month of job creation in over 2 years. Maryland continues to create jobs at a faster pace and has an unemployment rate lower than most other states.
President Obama and Governor O’Malley know that for all the progress we’ve made, there’s more work to do to provide security for the middle class. That’s why they’re fighting to strengthen manufacturing, promote renewable energy and invest in education. President Obama and Governor O’Malley want everybody to have a fair shot, do their fair share, and play by the same rules. Mitt Romney and the GOP want to go back to the very same top-down policies that got us into this mess. That’s the wrong vision for Maryland and the country.