In case you missed it, here are a few highlights from Friday’s editorial from the Baltimore Sun on the heightened importance of crime to the electorate. Former Attorney General Doug Gansler — who spent 22 years fighting violent crime on the federal, state and local levels — is the only candidate in the crowded Democratic primary with a scintilla of experience in criminal justice.
Issues of Law and Order Will Loom Much Larger Across Md.
“Tuesday’s recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin by voters in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most liberal cities, may be the best demonstration yet that a lot of Americans, including progressives, are frustrated by crime or at least a perception that criminals are not being prosecuted aggressively … But it also suggests issues of law and order, including Baltimore’s continuing high homicide rate, will loom much larger in state and local contests across Maryland and beyond than it looked like they would just months ago.”
Crime the “Centerpiece Issue” for Gansler
“This can be seen not only in how it’s become the centerpiece issue for gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler, the former Montgomery County State’s Attorney and Maryland Attorney General …”
Nearly Half of Democrats and More Than Half of Republicans Have Changed Their Daily Behavior Due to Crime
“In the recent opinion survey conducted for The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore by OpinionWorks of Annapolis, 44% of Democrats and 54% of Republicans said they’ve changed their daily behavior because of their concern over crime. Gun violence is no longer about “they” or “them,” it’s become about “us” and “ours.” Democrats may have thought that promoting gun control would be enough for their party loyalists. Mr. Boudin’s loss strongly suggests that the issue is bigger than that.”
|The full editorial, entitled, “It’s getting dangerous out there — for politicians seen as coddling criminals”, can be read on the Baltimore Sun website HERE.