Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and County Council Vice-Chair Eric Olson are two of the first leaders to call for District 6 Councilwoman Leslie Johnson to step down after pleading guilty to corruption charges today in federal court. Under Maryland law she is able to remain on the council until she is sentenced on October 13th. Her almost $8,000 a month salary means she will be paid about $24,000 in taxpayer dollars in the meantime.
One of the main complaints against all of the county’s leaders has been the silence on the issue of corruption since the arrests of Jack and Leslie Johnson last year. That continued after Jack Johnson pleaded guilty earlier this year and for the most part today as well. So we wanted to see just how many county leaders are ready to break that silence and speak out by asking all of the county council members, school board members, members of the Democratic and Republican central committees, and local leaders in her district if they thought she should step down before October. We will keep track of those responses here as they come in.
County Executive Rushern Baker
County Council Vice-Chair Eric Olson who called for her not to be sworn in last December
County Councilman Will Campos who refused to call for her not to take her seat in December
County Councilman Mel Franklin who also called for her not to be sworn in last December with Eric Olson
County Councilwoman Mary Lehman says she is frustrated with federal prosecutors for not forcing Johnson to step down in plea arrangement. She calls for her to step down at once.
Democratic Central Committeeman Salome Peters