Wednesday, February 15, 2006

MD Democrats: There are 85,000 black murders, rapists, and robbers that we need to get to the polls if we want to win in November.
Ehrlich to veto bill on felons

ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday vowed to veto a bill that would restore voting rights to felons, including the state's most violent criminals, immediately upon their release from prison.

"I don't think you reward the franchise to those who commit the most horrific crimes," Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican, told The Washington Times. "Full restoration of every right is inappropriate."

Dozens of House Democrats have co-sponsored legislation that would allow about 150,000 murderers, rapists, robbers and other felons to vote this year, and the state Democratic Party has endorsed the bill.

The bill's lead sponsor -- Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, Baltimore Democrat -- said yesterday that Mr. Ehrlich's position reinforces the racist underpinnings of the state law that denies the vote to felons, of whom about 85,000 are black.

Mrs. Marriott, who is black, said Mr. Ehrlich's sentiment "reflects the thinking" of Carter Glass, a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901 who said felon disenfranchisement aims to "eliminate the darkie as a political factor."

"We all were raised in a racist society," said Mrs. Marriott, stressing that she was not calling Mr. Ehrlich a racist. "Let us be clear about what were the intentions of these laws."

Mr. Ehrlich said he would not "indulge her" by responding to her comments.

"There are white felons. Every issue isn't a racial issue around here," said the governor, who is seeking re-election.

Democratic lawmakers have attributed the Marriott bill's popularity to their party's aim to oust Mr. Ehrlich and secure black votes after Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a Republican, in 2002 became the first black to win statewide office in Maryland.

According to Justice Maryland, a penal reform group that supports voting rights for felons, about 60 percent of Maryland felons are black and likely Democrats.

Ex-convicts could decide this year's election. Mr. Ehrlich won the 2002 gubernatorial race by about 66,000 votes, and the contest this year is expected to be even closer…


Blogger JRob said...

Mrs Marriott is obviously an idiot with no knowledge of history. If so she would know that the only ones allowed to vote under the Constitution before ammendments were landed (owning one acre or more) white men. The disenfranchisement of felons had nothing to do with black suffrage. Yes, it is abominable that blacks only counted as 3/5 of a person. But that was not her argument.
The governor is right not to dignigy her ranting with a response until she learns something about history.

2/15/2006 10:08 AM  
Blogger Smokin' Barrel said...

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2/15/2006 6:05 PM  
Blogger Smokin' Barrel said...

I would probably think about changing my views if the lowest life form in the state supported me, but when your dealing with the Dems, anything goes. Its nice to see someone else writing on this.(you know mainstream won't)

2/15/2006 6:09 PM  

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