Maryland House GOP Leader calls on Don Dwyer to resign


WBAL wrote about Dwyer’s sentence:

When the 2014 Maryland General Assembly Session begins on January 8, Anne Arundel County Republican Delegate Don Dwyer is expected to be in his seat at the back of the Maryland House of Delegates Chamber.

However, every Friday, as he has since November 8, Dwyer must report to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, where he is serving a 60 day jail sentence, on weekends, after a plea agreement to settle charges in an August, 2012, drunken boating accident, and another drunk driving arrest in August of this year.

Dwyer will continue serving the sentence until mid-March.

Here’s what House Minority Leader Nic Kipke told WBAL:

“Aside from the issues around Delegate Dwyer, I’m of the belief that any legislator that is in jail should resign from their position,” Kipke said in an interview this week.

“I just think you have to be all in when you’re in the legislature, especially when you’re on the Republican side of the aisle. We need the best and the brightest, fully engaged, and they cannot do that if they are incarcerated.”

Kipke told WBAL News that he met privately with Dwyer last month to discuss the lawmaker’s future. Kipke would not say if he asked Dwyer to resign.

“We’ve had private discussions, and I’d like to leave those private, and I’d like to leave it that way.”

Click here to hear WBAL’s Robert Lang interview Kipke.

Kipke’s remarks echo the sentiments of Baltimore County Republican Central Committee chairman John Fiastro, who wrote a resolution for the Maryland GOP’s fall convention calling for incarcerated officials to step aside. After being amended, that resolution ultimately died at the convention.

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