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Candidate Ralph Jaffe: I'm leading a movement

A thank you goes to the Sun editorial board and to reporters Erin Cox and Michael Dresser for mentioning my name as a candidate for Maryland governor in 2014 ("The race is on," Sept. 25).

However, The Sun still falls very short from the mark. Why? Because it is being unfair to its readers in failing to inform them that Ralph Jaffe, as a teacher, is leading a movement to get rid of the corruption in Maryland politics. In the role of teacher, I use the campaigns as a teaching device to demonstrate to my students as well as all other interested citizens what has to be done to get rid of the hanky-panky in Maryland government.

Your coverage of the University of Maryland's move to the Big Ten Athletics Conference and Morgan State University's attempt to fire its president bring to light such hanky-panky. The writers reported that I filed complaints with the Open Meetings Compliance Board accusing these two institutions of violating of the state's open meetings law.

The compliance board acknowledged the validity of my claims with regard to the transfer of the University of Maryland to the Big Ten and the attempt to fire Morgan State University's president. But here is the key fact. Prior to the decision of the compliance board, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler's office approved the University of Maryland's Board of Regents actions. What this blatant contradiction reveals to me is the lack of leadership in Mr. Gansler's own administration. If he is not able to effectively run his own office, then why should voters trust and support him in the role of governor?

While Mr. Gansler claims he is all for campaign finance reform, the truth is he is a typical career politician who has collected at least $5 million in campaign contributions, which amount to legal bribes. Marylanders need better than this. Presently, we do not have any ethical politicians in our state, not even one, based on the five principles which can be found on my website,

The Sun seems to think a credible candidate is one who is able to collect millions of dollars in campaign contributions and has been part of the system as an elected official in the last 20 years. In effect, your writers are rewarding those who take the legal bribes and discrediting people who have moral character and sound ideas. This makes no sense to me.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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