Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) today launched a fundraising drive to help stave off the oncoming push by casino advocates like MGM before this weeks Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly.
Mizeur, who is one of the states most prominent progressive members of the House of Delegates. As a leader in the LGBT movement, many credit her for final passage this year of the marriage equality legislation. She is also one of the most high profile advocates in support of the state’s Dream Act legislation which passed last year. Now Mizeur is taking on some of her states most powerful leaders, Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Senate President Mike Miller, as well as the executives from Prince George’s and Montgomery, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. Why? To oppose the further expansion of the state’s casino industry. “Nothing worth fighting for is ever easy,” wrote Mizeur in an email to supporters today.
Legislators are expected to gather in Annapolis for their second special session starting Thursday. Members of the State Senate expect to hold a hearing on a bill proposed by Governor O’Malley Thursday and act on that bill as soon as Friday. The Senate approved a gambling bill during the regular session so much of the debate is expected to take place in the House of Delegates. Delegates plan to gather Friday for a series of hearings, use the weekend to mark up a bill, and debate it as soon as Monday on the floor. It is not clear that supporters have the seventy-one votes necessary to pass the bill yet, and with the announcement Speaker Michael Busch does not plan to whip votes or promise favors to get votes, getting to that number can be a challenge.
That Mizeur has taken such a high profile stance could be more than just about policy. Rumors have been going around for weeks she is exploring a possible statewide run for either Attorney General or Comptroller, however The Baltimore Sun who accompanied Mizeur on the stump in Prince George’s County started spectulation of a run for Governor. Most of the possible candidates for governor have not taken public positions on the casino legislation (Attorney General Doug Gansler and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman) expect the Lt. Governor Anthony Brown who supports it and Comptroller Peter Franchot who opposes it.
Read the text of Mizeur’s email below –
|Paid for by the Friends of Heather Mizeur, Jose Dominguez, Treasurer, PO Box 11290, Takoma Park, MD 20913|