This week in politics: Beer bottles and broken furniture

Here's The Sun editorial board's take on who's up and who's down this week in politics:

Larry Hogan: Down. Just when you thought relations between Governor Hogan and legislators couldn't get worse, he compares them to college students on spring break: "They come here for a few weeks. They start breaking up the furniture and throwing beer bottles off the balcony." Way to win friends and influence people, governor. The idea of cutting funds for capital projects at Morgan and Coppin to pay for a new Baltimore jail probably isn't destined for his gubernatorial highlight reel either.

Sheila Dixon: Down. She can claim all she wants that she would "still be mayor if I had disclosed the relationship and gifts that were given to me when I was City Council president," but the confirmation last week that the state prosecutor's office has been asked to examine her campaign finance reports is a reminder that there was more to her fall from grace than a few omissions of disclosure. It was, after all, the state prosecutor's office that successfully prosecuted her on charges related to the theft of gift cards meant for poor children at Christmas.

DeRay Mckesson: Up. It's generally not a plus when running for mayor to make headlines for leaving town, particularly if people are questioning your Baltimore cred. But it's probably excuseable when the aforementioned headlines relate to a meeting you're attending at the White House with President Obama, Al Sharpton, Rep. John Lewis, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and NAACP President Cornell Brooks.

Catherine Pugh: Up. Her endorsement by the SEIU Maryland and DC State Council is a reminder of the institutional strength she brings to the race. In what could well be a low turnout election, it never hurts to have unions on your side.

Andy Harris: Down. What exactly does the Baltimore County Republican gain by earning himself the distinction of being the only member of Congress to endorse Ben Carson for president? This might have been a plausible move when Dr. Carson was challenging Donald Trump for the lead in the polls but not when he's fighting for fifth place in South Carolina.

Billy Murphy: Up. OK, so he's not strictly speaking a politician, at least not anymore, but the Clinton campaign's trumpeting of his endorsement as the campaign heads toward minority-heavy states is a sign that he's got some clout. So what if Hillary called him "Bill" in the press release?

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