Where the Buck Stops (Commentary)
by Josh Kurtz
Published October 6 in Maryland Matters
Excerpt: About an hour after news circulated Tuesday that his former chief of staff, Roy McGrath, had been charged by federal and state prosecutors for plundering the state treasury, among other alleged misdeeds, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s political committee, An America United, sent out a fundraising solicitation.
The subject line of the email was, “He created this mess,” and the pitch began this way:
“My friend, I’m frustrated. Are you?
“Joe Biden promised to restore bipartisan cooperation in Congress. He did not.
“He said he would bring competency back to the governing process. He did not.
“As president, he promised to Build Back Better. We’re crumbling.
“Why has President Biden abandoned his pledge and duty to the American people? We are demanding answers.”
Electronic fundraising solicitations like these are often programmed to run well in advance, so the timing may have been coincidental. At a minimum, the solicitation made for an interesting juxtaposition.
Let’s talk about bringing competency back to the governing process.
Roy McGrath, Governor’s Former Chief of Staff, Faces Federal, State Criminal Charges
by Hannah Gaskill and Danielle E. Gaines
Published October 5 in Maryland Matters