District 12 candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates Brian S. Bailey indicated in a letter to The Sun that he takes full responsibility for an error in the authority line on the Web site his campaign created ("Bailey: 'I take full responsibility' for election law violation," June 8).
I never saw the website but was pleased to hear that this type of illegal action is being taken seriously by the prosecutor. We do not need candidates who engage in this type of behavior.
Mr. Bailey also suggested that by accepting responsibility for an illegal act he has shown the characteristics of a sound leader. I disagree.
Mr. Bailey either knew or should have known the act was illegal. Assuming he did not know it was illegal, do we want to send someone to Annapolis who doesn't take the time to figure out what the law is?
Will he take the time to better research pending legislation before voting on it or in drafting legislation? If he knew it was illegal, which he does not seem to deny, do we want someone like this as a representative?
Mr. Bailey's letter also indicates that he will not change. Does this mean that he will continue to break the law in his campaign?
At worst, what he did shows a complete lack of character. At best, it shows he is not ready to represent us in the state legislature because he did not take the time to research basic campaign rules.
In either case, I urge other voters to take a stand and elect someone other than Mr. Bailey as a delegate from the 12th District in the June 24 primary.
Eric Lamb, Catonsville
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