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Frosh can sue Trump on his own dime

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, left, accompanied by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, speaks during a news conference in Washington on June 12, 2017.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, left, accompanied by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, speaks during a news conference in Washington on June 12, 2017. (Alex Brandon / AP)

Dels. Maggie McIntosh and Shelley Hettleman write in an op-ed that when they go knocking on doors, they are asked what are they doing to protect Maryland from the Trump administration. Upon this laughable premise, they maintain that the $1 million slush fund that they and their fellow Democrats created to subsidize Attorney General Brian Frosh’s legal adventures is absolutely necessary to combat Trump administration “overreach” (“Is Md.’s governor undermining attempts to thwart Trump’s overreach?” Feb. 13).

The delegates fail to explain how Mr. Frosh’s so-called “emoluments” lawsuit has anything to do with Trump administration overreach. It is a purely personal lawsuit designed to do nothing more than harass President Donald Trump and obtain his tax records, a long-desired Democratic Party political objective. More importantly, the two delegates state that Mr. Frosh’s follies are a “seawall” against bad policy. Newsflash to the delegates — our courts are designed to interpret the law and the Constitution, not to correct bad policy. Policies are established by Congress and then carried out by the president.

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If the president and Congress are promoting and carrying out bad policy, that can be corrected by these things called elections. Mr. Trump and the Congress were elected because voters didn’t like the bad policy of their predecessors, and they are carrying out their wishes. Elections have consequences, and the delegates don’t like the outcome. That is why this McIntosh/Hettleman boondoggle is flawed and contrary to the fundamental principles of a republic.

Likewise, the delegates’ criticism of Gov. Larry Hogan has little merit. Governor Hogan was elected on the promise of fiscal restraint and to curb the spending and taxing excesses of our Democratic-dominant legislature, including Delegates McIntosh and Hettleman. He is doing exactly that. The whining by the two delegates merely demonstrates that, in an election year, we can count on the Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly to repeatedly complain about one Hogan cut or another.

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Judging from the polls, Governor Hogan is doing just fine. Perhaps the two delegates didn’t hear that message when they were busy knocking on doors.

Robert C. Erlandson, Ellicott City

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