2014 | Politics

Letter: 35 Legislators Express Concern Over Jon Cardin's Voting Record

Legislators write "choosing when to show up for work is not an option"

Delegate Jon Cardin

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A total of 35 state legislators have signed a letter expressing concern over Del. Jon Cardin's voting record.

Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, is running in the Democratic primary for attorney general against Montgomery County state senator Brian Frosh and Prince George's County delegate Aisha Braveboy.

A Baltimore Sun report published May 6 noted that Cardin missed nearly 75 percent of the votes in the House Ways and Means Committee during the 2014 General Assembly. Cardin told Bethesda Beat in an interview after the story broke that he missed the votes because he was balancing the time he spent being a legislator with campaigning for attorney general and being a parent of a 2-year-old with a second child on the way.

The letter reads, "under no circumstances should a member of the legislature selectively [emphasis theirs] decide to skip 75% of his or her committee votes."

Almost all of the legislators who signed the letter previously endorsed Frosh, according to Frosh's campaign website.

Here's the full text of the letter:

Letter to the Editor: Concerned Legislators