John Fiastro of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee is introducing a resolution at the MD GOP convention that begins tonight that would call on any elected official who has been convicted of a crime and incarcerated to leave office. The resolution calls for consistency in how the Republican Party treats candidates of both parties who have been convicted of crimes and incarcerated. It calls for elected officials who are convicted and incarcerated to leave office and discourages candidates from running. The resolution also calls for the party to withhold endorsement of any candidates in that situation.
This resolution could seemingly apply to Delegate Don Dwyer. Since it says both convicted and incarcerated, I’m not sure if it would apply to Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff or not. It would also apply to numerous other elected officials of both parties who have gone to jail (e.g. Tommy Bromwell, Bob McKee, et. al.)
Whereas, The Maryland Republican Party should be consistent in its criticism of elected officials and candidates who have been convicted and incarcerated, and
Whereas, The Maryland Republican Party should not hold Democrat elected officials and candidates to one standard and Republican elected officials and candidates to another, and
Whereas, The Maryland Republican Party, its members, elected officials, and candidates, works exceptionally hard to instill confidence in our democratic system, and
Whereas, That hard work should not be jeopardized by the convicted incarceration of an office holder or candidate, now, therefore,
Be it resolved, The Maryland Republican Party calls upon any elected official who has been convicted and incarcerated to vacate his or her respective office, and
Be it further resolved, That the Maryland Republican Party discourages any candidate who has been convicted and incarcerated from seeking election or reelection to a public office, and
Be it further resolved, That the Maryland Republican Party will not endorse or support those convicted and incarcerated candidates and public officials, who, notwithstanding the above, continue to seek or hold public office.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.