Baltimore to Return Disgraced Mayor to Office?
They say that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Well, if that is the case, then mad is precisely what the residents of Baltimore, Maryland are as they appear to be putting their former mayor, who was convicted of embezzlement back into office.
On Tuesday, the city of Baltimore went to the polls to choose their next mayor or at least the Democratic candidate for the position. However, in a town with about ten Democrats to every one Republican, it’s pretty much guaranteed that whoever wins the primary will be given the office by default.
To be certain, the counting of votes is still not complete, thanks to the thousands who chose to mail in their ballots as opposed to risk being infected by the quickly spreading coronavirus that is still strangling our country’s economy.
However, some did decide to go to the polls in person. And due to social distancing guidelines and the limited number of physical places open for polling, the lines were extremely long.
It was noted that some locations had to stay open almost to midnight to accommodate those who were known to be in line by 8 pm. And those delays have only pushed back the results even further.
As of now, it appears that former mayor Sheila Dixon is in the lead.
According to Fox News in Baltimore, “On Wednesday, the Baltimore City Election results were updated after the Maryland Board of Elections discovered a proofing error in some of the results… Based on the nearly 76,000 votes that were counted, Former Mayor Sheila Dixon was leading, followed by City Council President Brandon Scott and former U.S. Treasury Department Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller.”
And Fox isn’t the only one reporting her in the lead. The Baltimore Sun also noted that as of Wednesday in the latest round of polling, Dixon was leading by about six percent, meaning roughly 4,500 votes.
Her closest competitor, Brandon Scott, so far has seemed to do much better with in-person voting. As the polls report so far, Scott received 1,168 votes, which is only marginally below the in-person votes of Dixon (1,356).
As the counting of votes continues, it is possible that Scott could pull off a win over Dixon. However, at this point, it is kind of a long shot.
And this begs us to ask what the people of Baltimore hope to achieve by putting Dixon back in office. The city hasn’t had much luck with successful or even law-abiding mayors, and Dixon is just the tip of the iceberg.
You might remember that her term as mayor ended in 2010 after she was convicted of embezzling funds from the city that were meant to help low-income families. I mean, what kind of leader steals from the poor?
You would think the good people of Baltimore, having already been betrayed by Dixon once, would want something different from their mayor. However, as the last decade of mayoral history tells us, maybe they don’t.
After Dixon was pulled from office in 2010, she was succeeded by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. However, after completely mishandling the Freddie Gray riots, she too only finished one term, not even considering a second run. But the next mayor wasn’t any better.
Catherine Pugh, like Dixon, was also forced to resign after being convicted of tax evasion and fraud involving her children’s’ book. And while the current mayor, Jack Young, doesn’t have any known criminal activity, it seems he has lost his bid in keeping the position, as he has failed to what the city has asked most from him, bringing down the incredibly high murder rate.
For decades, the city has been falling apart from the inside out. Crime runs rampant through its streets, many of which are so strewn with trash and filth that yards and driveways are practically non-existent. No wonder President Trump called attention to the dilapidating city last year.
But as we look closer at the city, it seems that the problems begin at the top of the leadership ladder. How does a city, once respected for its beauty and significant historical remnants, avoid high crime rates when even its mayor is taking part?
The fact is, it doesn’t. At least, not until someone without a criminal record is put into office. But it doesn’t look like that will happen this year.