With all due respect to my former General Assembly colleague and good friend Mickey Steinberg, his recent letter to the editor regarding Del. Jon Cardin's missed votes while tending to health concerns of his family was misleading ("Steinberg: Cardin's missed committee votes are inexcusable," May 10). When I served in the House of Delegates, I was the vice-chairman of the Ways and Means committee, on which Mr. Cardin serves, and I know that there is a lot more to being an effective and responsible legislator than taking a vote in committee. Over the course of the 2014 legislative session Delegate Cardin literally took thousands of votes — floor votes and amendments to procedural and concurrence votes while spending hundreds of hours listening to testimony, marking up bills, meeting with constituents and tending to his own bills. This is the hard work of the legislative session, and Jon Cardin was present for all of it.
I would go as far as to say Delegate Cardin's actions show a strong and thoughtful management style. He did all the hard work attending committee and marking up bills, securing the votes needed to pass important legislation and then making sure his absence at late-night voting sessions didn't affect the outcome of a single bill. Combine that with making sure the health concerns of his family were addressed, and you have someone who understands the importance of being a family man while also being a top notch legislator.
The writer is a former vice chairman of the House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee.
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