Why won't the current Board of Commissioners simply pass an ethics ordinance that complies with Maryland law? They've had three years to do what 22 other Maryland counties and Baltimore City have already done. Richard Rothschild is the lone vocal opponent who has consistently advocated kicking the ethical can down the road. His very specific "hypothetical" cited in opposition causes one to speculate that this hypothetical could be more concrete.
The taxpayer has a right to know if the person they entrust with their hard-earned dollars will be a good steward of the money that comes straight out of their wallets and pocketbooks, and if the candidate or elected official has a conflict of interest that will pit their interest against the public trust.
If Rothschild wants to avoid the sterner structures of a newly written ethics ordinance in Carroll, then he should keep his pledge regarding term limits and return to the private sector. Dennis Frazier, my opponent in District 3, has been silent so far on this matter; he continues to draw a paycheck from Carroll County Public Schools while voting on funding its budget. Frazier has been outspoken in his desire to raise taxes; doesn't this imply he is self-serving his own financial interests? Given this obvious conflict of interest, it is no wonder Frazier has not come out forcefully to impose stricter ethical rules on the body on which he sits.
Carroll voters won't have to guess where I stand regarding complying with Maryland ethics law or any local ordinance regarding financial disclosure or transparency. I am in favor of obeying Maryland law and complying with both the spirit and letter of all ethical mandates. There's been some debate what the State can do to demand compliance from Carroll County, and as to whether Commissioner Frazier's conduct is indeed a conflict of interest. The public deserves leadership that is clearly in favor of complying with the law and avoiding even the appearance of impropriety instead of hiding behind an opinion of the Democrat Attorney General. May I suggest a ready and reliable remedy is in the hands of the voters themselves — a public official who refuses to follow the law or who appears to put his interests ahead of the public should be removed by the voters at the polls.