Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's trip with her family to the beach house of lobbyist Lisa Harris Jones during Memorial Day weekend may have been exactly what she claims — two friends getting together ("Friends in high places," June 14). However, as an elected official, the mayor needs to understand that appearances matter, and spending a weekend with one of the biggest lobbyists in the city, no matter how long you have been friends, just does not appear correct.
An elected official makes the choice to run for office. When that decision is made, that person must realize that friendships may need to put on hold. The problem with friendships is they tend to cloud our judgment and cause us to made decisions that leave a bad appearance in the public eye.
Bob EberweinCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun