Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:47 AM
DonViejo (25,325 posts)
Md. ethics panel says delegate should not have tried to silence football player
By John Wagner, Published: February 4
A Maryland legislative ethics committee has found that a delegate who used his official stationary to try to silence a Baltimore Ravens player who supports same-sex marriage committed a “particularly egregious abuse of public resources.” But the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics determined that because Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D-Baltimore County) has already apologized for the episode, there is no need for disciplinary action.
Burns, a longtime opponent of gay nuptials, wrote last year to Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Ravens, asking him to “cease and desist” the advocacy of linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who spoke out for legislation and a subsequent ballot measure to allow same-sex marriage in Maryland.
In a letter to Burns dated Jan. 30, the committee said that under ethics rules, delegates should not use their General Assembly letterhead to advocate for or against ballot measures.
“Your use of official General Assembly letterhead to pressure the employer of a citizen of Maryland to suppress the citizen’s right of free speech was a particularly egregious abuse of public resources,” the committee told Burns in the letter, which was obtained by The Washington Post.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/md-ethics-panel-says-delegate-should-not-have-tried-to-silence-football-player/2013/02/04/e84662a6-6f38-11e2-aa58-243de81040ba_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines
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Md. ethics panel says delegate should not have tried to silence football player (Original post)
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:02 AM
LibertyLover (4,788 posts)
2. I'm glad the MD legislative ethics committee reached this decision -
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I'm sorry that they decided since Burns had apologized, nothing further was needed. In my opinion Burns should have been censured for trying to overawe and silence Brendon Ayanbadejo with his position as a MD state delegate. Fortunately Steve Bisciotti didn't bite.
A Ravens fan still on a high from the win on Sunday.
Response to LibertyLover (Reply #2)
Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:39 AM
mountain grammy (13,256 posts)
4. "a particularly egregious abuse of public resources" indeed.
He should have been censored, but at least he was rebuked. Seems anyone can do anything and then say "I'm sorry" and go on about their rat killing. I'm sick of these jerks, vote 'em out!!!
Congratulations to all Ravens fans everywhere. This Bronco fan is looking to next season.