The Democratic Leadership Council, a Clinton-affiliated Democratic think-tank, has named Democratic Maryland House Majority Leader Kumar Barve its "New Dem of the Week." You know, as opposed to an "Old Dem of the Week." Right?
The DLC website touts Barve's "bold" pseudo-scientific, regressive-taxation environmental legislation, which he introduced this year. It says Barve will try to find the cheapest way to make Maryland less competitive, and to put Maryland companies and employers out of business. Of course, it doesn't put it in those factual terms. Rather, it gives the usual hogwash about developing new technologies, working with the business community, etc., etc.
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Quick, hand your wallet over to Big Government and "green" megacorporations, so we can forestall the inevitable End of The World!!
Notably missing is another of Barve's "bold" moves, this one in 2007: Barve's arrest for DUI in Gaithersburg. Now that was a bold move. Going the wrong way out of a parking lot. Crossing over the center line in his vehicle. Putting his own constituents, women and children, in mortal danger by operating his vehicle while intoxicated. Then using a Gaithersburg police cruiser as his personal limo.
Bold, yes. Legal? No.
Also missing, yet again, is a condemnation of Barve's drunk driving escapades by District 16 delegate William A. Bronrott, Chairman of the Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Mr. Bronrott has claimed time and time again that drunk driving is an important issue. So why is he silent on the Barve DUI arrest?
The message from Democrats in Annapolis continues to be that they are above the law. It applies to you. It just doesn't apply to them. Perhaps that is part of what being a "New Dem" is all about?