Cardin Responds to Report of Missed Votes
The apparent front runner in the state attorney general's race is fighting back against criticism that he's ignoring his day job.
Baltimore County Delegate Jon Cardin responded to a Baltimore Sun review that showed Delegate Jon Cardin missed 75-percent of his votes on the House Ways and Means Committee in this year's legislative session, while he was running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.
His rivals Senator Brian Frosh and Delegate Aisha Braveboy criticized Cardin, noting that the fate of many bills is determined in the committee, and not on the House floor.
Cardin issued a statement today saying he missed committee meetings and vote to go home to his pregnant wife and young daughter.
Cardin says that he "doesn't regret making that choice."
Cardin adds that the chairman of the committee Delegate Sheila Hixson assured him, "there was not a single instance where he missed a vote to determine the outcome of a bill."
Hixson backs up Cardin.
Polls show, Cardin leading the Democratic race for attorney general. Analysts say that is largely based on his name recognition. He is the nephew of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, and has represented the Pikesville-Owings Mills area for 12 years.
The three candidates will hold two debates before the June 24 primary. The first one is scheduled for May 19, in College Park.
Statement from Del. Jon Cardin
“And while I spent my days serving all of Maryland families in Annapolis, I also have a responsibility to my own family – and there were nights where I needed to be home with my expecting wife and our young daughter. I don’t regret making that choice.
“As my opponents find themselves down in the polls and anxious for attention, I fully expect these political attacks to continue. But they’ll find that many Maryland families are just like mine – with busy parents working to balance their professional responsibilities and family responsibilities, wishing there were more hours in the day.
“I’ve dedicated my career to protecting Maryland families, and as Attorney General, I will work tirelessly to stay two steps ahead of anyone seeking to do them harm. This campaign will be about those ideas to make sure Maryland families are protected and treated fairly.”