Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Del. Jon Cardin Announces 2014 Attorney General Fundraiser // HMM: Democrat Applauds Dream Act Win But Voted Against It

An anonymous source tells Maryland Juice that today Delegate Jon Cardin announced a fundraiser for 2014 Attorney General. So far, the Baltimore-area Democrat would be taking on only Senator Brian Frosh of Montgomery County, though others are known to be thinking about the race. In the email blast below, Cardin announces a December 4th "Jon Cardin for AG cocktail reception," but our source also points out that strangely, Cardin applauds passage of the Maryland Dream Act. This is unusual, because Jon Cardin voted against the Dream Act in the Maryland House.

DELEGATE JON CARDIN HAILS DREAM ACT BUT VOTED AGAINST IT: In what doubles as a "post election 2012" report, Cardin states that "by supporting the Dream Act, Marylanders advanced the State’s longstanding principle that access to education is the key to strengthening the State. I am proud of Maryland voters, and I am confident that Maryland will continue to lead the way in providing equal rights and equal opportunities to all of its residents."

Too bad Marylanders can't rely on Cardin to lead the way on these issues. Our source points out that Delegate Jon Cardin joined Tea Party members and voted against the Dream Act during the House of Delegates floor vote last year. Prior to the floor vote, the Dream Act was debated in the House Ways & Means committee where Cardin is a member. He abstained from voting on the bill in committee. This is hardly a profile in legislative courage, and it borders on outrageous for him to now applaud passage of something he opposed. See Cardin's email blast below, followed by a few excerpts from the legislative record for the Dream Act:


Jon Cardin 11th District State Delegate
Cardin Annapolis Reports:
Post Election 2012
 
November 20, 2012

Dear Juice,

After two years of hard fought campaigning on both the State and federal levels, the election is finally over. Maryland has approved every ballot question including expanded gaming, affirming same sex marriage, and passing the Maryland Dream Act. On the federal level, President Obama has been re-elected with a mandate to balance the budget and return bipartisanship to Congress while Maryland again elected a strong delegation of Congressmen, including one new Representative, John Delaney, to Maryland’s 6th District.

In approving all ballot measures, Marylanders sent the Governor and General Assembly two clear messages. First, by affirming the Dream Act and becoming the first state in the Union to pass same sex marriage by referendum on their first try, Marylanders have spoken for equal rights and fairness for all Maryland’s residents. Further, by supporting the Dream Act, Marylanders advanced the State’s longstanding principle that access to education is the key to strengthening the State. I am proud of Maryland voters, and I am confident that Maryland will continue to lead the way in providing equal rights and equal opportunities to all of its residents.

Second, by approving expanded gambling, including table games, and a sixth casino site to be located at Prince George’s County’s National Harbor, Marylanders reminded government that when citizens are choosing where to spend their disposable income, government should not restrict their options.  Furthermore, they reasserted to lawmakers that they are serious about raising revenues in the State. This measure will keep Maryland money in Maryland while creating jobs for Maryland residents.


As a result of approving these ballot measures, Maryland looks forward to adding $200 million in revenues from expanded gaming, an estimated $66 million from the Dream Act and millions of dollars from new marriage licenses and the lucrative wedding industry. These new revenues have put Maryland in its strongest budget position in years with the real possibility of balancing the operating budget without significant cuts this coming legislative session.


The message is clear, and I plan to continue working to grow industry in Maryland to raise revenues and continue to get my constituents back to work. This session, I plan to introduce research and development legislation to spur business investment in Maryland, including incentivizing existing business growth and creating new business opportunities, particularly in green industries such as wind and solar power.


Finally, it is clear that voters in both our State and our country want to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle working together to find and create innovative solutions to our big problems. I have always been committed to working with constituents and leaders from all sides and collaborating with the entire legislature to create solutions to our problems. Moving forward, please know that I am always open to new ideas and innovative solutions no matter where they come from.


DON’T FORGET TO ATTEND THE RECEPTION FOR MY EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE TO BECOME MARYLAND’S ATTORNEY GENERAL ON DECEMBER 4, 2012 AT THE HOME OR ROBB COHEN AND GAIL SCHWARTZ. PLEASE CONTACT STEVE HURVITZ AT (703) 340-4497 OR STEVE@STEVEHURVITZ TO RSVP, JOIN OUR HOST COMMITTEE OR WITH ANY OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE.


You can always reach me at jon.cardin@house.state.md.us.  I am proud to be representing you in Annapolis and to be working with Delegates Dana Stein and Dan Morhaim and Senator Bobby Zirkin as part of the District 11 legislative team.

Sincerely,
 Jon Cardin
Delegate Jon S. Cardin 

Below you can see the 2011 House of Delegates roll call vote for the Dream Act, followed by the Dream Act Ways & Means roll call vote:

Voting Yea - 74
  Speaker Busch  Cullison  Hixson  Mitchell  Stukes
  Alston  Davis  Holmes  Mizeur  Summers
  Anderson  Dumais  Howard  Murphy  Tarrant
  Arora  Feldman  Hubbard  Nathan-Pulliam  Turner, F.
  Barkley  Frick  Hucker  Niemann  Turner, V.
  Barnes  Frush  Ivey  Oaks  Valderrama
  Barve  Gaines  Jones  Pena-Melnyk  Valentino-Smith
  Bobo  Gilchrist  Kaiser  Pendergrass  Vallario
  Branch  Glenn  Kelly, A.  Proctor  Vaughn
  Braveboy  Griffith  Kramer  Reznik  Waldstreicher
  Cane  Gutierrez  Lee  Robinson, B.  Walker
  Carr  Guzzone  Love  Robinson, S.  Washington
  Carter  Harrison  Luedtke  Rosenberg  Wilson
  Clippinger  Haynes  McIntosh  Ross  Zucker
  Conaway  Healey  Miller, A.  Simmons


Voting Nay - 66
  Afzali  DeBoy  Impallaria  McHale  Serafini
  Aumann  Donoghue  Jacobs  McMillan  Smigiel
  Bates  Dwyer  James  Miller, W.  Sophocleus
  Beidle  Eckardt  Jameson  Morhaim  Stein
  Beitzel  Elliott  Kach  Myers  Stifler
  Bohanan  Fisher  Kelly, K.  Norman  Stocksdale
  Boteler  Frank  Kipke  O'Donnell  Szeliga
  Bromwell  George  Krebs  Olszewski  Vitale
  Burns  Glass  Lafferty  Otto  Weir
  Cardin   Haddaway-Riccio  Malone  Parrott  Wood
  Clagett  Hammen  McComas  Ready
  Cluster  Hershey  McConkey  Rudolph
  Conway  Hogan  McDermott  Schuh
  Costa  Hough  McDonough  Schulz

Dream Act - 2011 MD House Ways & Means Roll Call

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