Over the weekend, I received an e-mail purporting to be from the "Friends of Rushern Baker. When I attempted to answer it, my reply to the sender was rejected.
There is no way that I can support Rushern Baker for any elected office. He has clearly demonstrated his contempt for the voters and their wishes, and has also shown that he does not have real or innovative solutions to the problems facing us. His undemocratic school "reform" legislation had no more positive effect than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and has actually delayed any real reform of education in Prince George's County.
Since the "Friends of Rushern Baker," are not accepting replies from the recipients of their e-mail, I post here my reply, followed by their message.
From: Diane C. Russell
To: Rushern Baker
Date: Aug 6, 2005 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: Rushern Baker is making it happen
I agree that Prince George's County desparetly needs new leadership.
And at one time in the past, I thought Rushern Baker showed some promise.
But then he showed his contempt for the voters by sponsoring anti-Democratic legislation to take the right to vote away from his constituents. At the same time, he sponsored a new tax, deliberately violating at least the spirit, if not the letter, of anti-tax laws enacted directly by the people.
As a result of his anti-Democratic legislation, we have yet another dysfuctional school board. A school board that spends millions on a luxury gym while letting schools rot for lack of essential matainenance, and that hired a corrupt school chief and refused for months to take action when he broke the board's ethics rules. A board that--thanks to Rushern Baker--is out of control and totally unaccountable to the people.
The failure of the Baker-sponsored anti-Democratic school board leaves me with absolutely no confidence in any "solutions" Mr. Baker may have for other problems, and no reason to trust that he actually gives a damn what the people think.
At the time this anti-Democratic legislation was pending, I wrote to every member of the Prince George's County delegation, including then Del. Baker. I told them that I cound NEVER support for ANY elected office, any Delegate or Senator who acted to take away my right to vote.
Del. Baker then made his choice. He chose my perpetual opposition and showed that he is unfit for elective office.
I don't see how you can support such a person.
From: Rushern Baker
Date: Aug 5, 2005 9:58 PM
Subject: Rushern Baker is making it happen
Rushern is working hard everyday in all parts of Prince George's County speaking with our residents.
As usual, he is getting a tremendous amount of support from concerned citizens to seek the office of County Executive.
Crime, education and jobs continue to be at the forefront of most residents concerns.
Rushern is committed to staying on point with these core issues that most effect our lives.
What the opposition doesn't want you to know are the facts, things aren't getting better, they're getting worse.
Things can and will get better, but not unless all of us step up. With that in mind, give us a call and tell us of activities in your community, host a meet and greet, or walk your community with Rushern and other supporters.
Rushern needs as many venues as possible to educate the people on the real deal in Prince George's County and what he intends to do about it.
Contact us at: (301) 459-4711 or email us at Info@RushernBaker.com
Let's bring it!
Friends of Rushern Baker