Attorney General Doug Gansler yesterday declined an offer to speak in front of the Maryland Senate Republican Caucus about the need to investigate the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. In response, Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley issued the following statement:
“I had thought the Senate Republicans had found a welcome ally in our attempt to convince the O’Malley/Brown administration to conduct an independent investigation into Maryland’s implementation of Obamacare. I guess it turns out the attorney general was more interested in playing off our request to score political points in his primary election than in getting to the bottom of this issue.”
This naked political ploy is really a questionable tactic from Brinkley. Does it really do anything for him other than possibly help him with his contentious primary?
Would it not also be appropriate now for any of a number of Democratic groups or caucuses to invite Brinkley to come speak to them on his support for Governor Martin O’Malley’s budget?
If this wasn’t a political ploy, it was just plain dumb to actually expect Gansler to say yes. Brinkley had to have known he was going to get a no. What would happen if the shoe were on the other foot? Would any Republicans think a Republican should speak to a Democratic caucus event in what would been an attempt to embarrass another Republican?
Unless it were to help his own campaign, which is facing a stiff challenge from Mike Hough, would Brinkley even be doing this?
It appears Brinkley is moving on to misdirection after his previous spin on his budget vote flopped.
Here’s the full release (including Gansler’s email response):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (March 18, 2014) – Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley (R – Frederick and Carroll Counties) was disappointed to learn yesterday that Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler had declined an offer to speak in front of the Maryland Senate Republican Caucus about the need for an independent investigation into the botched rollout of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and its glitch-ridden website.
“I had thought the Senate Republicans had found a welcome ally in our attempt to convince the O’Malley/Brown administration to conduct an independent investigation into Maryland’s implementation of Obamacare,” Brinkley remarked. “I guess it turns out the attorney general was more interested in playing off our request to score political points in his primary election than in getting to the bottom of this issue.”
The full text of Attorney General’s e-mail declining the offer follows below:
“Unfortunately, Attorney General Gansler is unavailable to speak at the Republican Caucus Meeting regarding Senator Brinkley’s request for investigation of the Health Benefit Exchange. Thanks so much for thinking of him. All the best!”
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