With the latest news that Maryland has yet to recover millions of dollars that Anthony Brown wasted on our disastrous health care exchange, I was reminded of an article I wrote while in Israel about how Brown really wishes he was running for office in Connecticut (which is even more likely to elect a Republican than when I originally wrote this, with National Review calling Dan Malloy “America’s worst governor,” although I think that honor should go to Illinois’s Pat Quinn).
Now, with fewer than two weeks to go before Election Day, Maryland finally seems to be getting the attention it deserves, with one visit by Chris Christie this week, and another one for next week. We also shouldn’t forget that Obama did in fact come to Maryland to try to rev up the Democrat’s base, but he didn’t exactly get the response he was looking for, with countless members of the crowd streaming out of the rally in Prince George’s County (a county that went almost entirely for him two years ago) only a few days ago.
Without further adieu, I (re)present my thoughts on Anthony Brown running for Governor of Connecticut. As one final point, I’m extremely interested by the fact that, although our primary is months behind us, Doug Gansler still hasn’t taken down his website from the Democratic primary taking Brown to task for his failed leadership on our health care exchange.
It’s no secret that it’s never easy to get publicity as a Republican running for office in Maryland. However, this past week I was impressed by how we turned the tables in Connecticut of all places.
I was confused at first when I saw that Dan Bongino would be endorsing Anthony Brown for governor, but after realizing that it was “silly and sarcastic,” I reminded myself that all jokes have at least a seed of truth in them.
Other than campaigning for Governor, the only high profile assignment Lieutenant Governor Brown has had recently has been to manage Maryland’s health care exchange. In fact, he is so proud of his work, he has touted how he “has led the State of Maryland”when it comes to implementing Obamacare.
From day one, he has been nothing but a failure. Well before the period for enrollment ended, we became a national embarrassment when it was revealed that we wasted $107 million on a system whose director was forced to resign.
This is nothing, considering that Brown has described himself as the “point man” on health care for years. But when examining his record, it’s clear that he doesn’t even meet the dictionary definition of that term!
Fast forward a couple months to today, where the enrollment period has ended, and Brown is still facing criticism. This is far from a partisan issue, since even Maryland’s Democratic Attorney General Doug Gansler (who happens to be challenging Brown in the primary) has slammed Brown, releasing a website www.didanthonybrowncomecleantoday.com to highlight how ridiculous it is that Brown still believes his work on our health care exchange is a success (not that he is any better, since he rarely attended the meetings of the health care council).
Gansler is not alone in attacking Brown, since even Congressman Chris van Hollen (who labelled the situation “a mess”), The Washington Post editorial board (who declared that we are an “embarrassment”), and Dan Clements, a major Democratic activist, have all slammed his “leadership.”
In fact, when pressed to ask if he deserves any of the blame, Brown responded by stating that it “is not the time to point fingers.”
This is where we come to Connecticut. Months after Brown declared that Maryland will stick with its current system, Brown did a 180 and declared that we are now going to model Connecticut’s system, and will continue spending the millions that that will require in what Dan Bongino has called the “I Live in Maryland Tax.”
Ultimately, our national disgrace is the cause of “failures in leadership,” and those leaders want to lead our state (in the case of Brown) and our nation (in terms of O’Malley).
The unmentioned irony about a Brown-Ulman in Connecticut, is that despite its reputation as a deep blue state, Connecticut may very well elect a Republican governor this November, and I can only hope that with leaders like these, Maryland will do the same.