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Sheila E Hixson

One-quarter of a job done [Editorial]

One-quarter of a job done [Editorial]

There are any number of reasons to miss a committee vote here or there in Annapolis that are legitimate and reasonable. A legislator might be under the weather, an emergency might arise or there might be a death in the family. Perfect attendance does not make perfect job performance, as the role of an elected representative is more than pressing a button or raising a hand.

But the recent revelations regarding the voting patterns of Del. Jon S. Cardin, the presumed front-runner to be Maryland's next attorney general, go far beyond the typical or understandable — or perhaps the reasonable given the lack of explanation that he has offered so far. As a member of the House Ways and...