By Barry Rascovar, for Maryland reporter.com
Liar, liar, pants on fire!
Thats what Larry Hogan could well have said after Democrat Anthony Browns latest attempt to fabricate a hoax and then try to sell that bald-faced untruth to voters.
Shame, shame, shame on you, Lieutenant Governor Brown.
Is this the kind of administration youll run?
Will you manipulate facts to smear those who oppose you as governor? Will you favor creative political fiction over fact-based reality?
Or is this just your win-at-any-cost strategy?
Its a sad day for Maryland voters when a twice-elected statewide official resorts to a level of gutter politics that hasnt been seen around here in 60 years.
Its even sadder that Brown conned dozens of Democratic officials to join him in promoting this transparent fraud.
Brown claims school funding cut
Brown alleges Hogan wants to cut $450 million from the states school construction program. Hogan never uttered a word about such an unheard-of reduction. Hes said just the opposite.
Brown chose to magnify a flawed Hogan campaign document that mistakenly used this $450 million figure as a potential budget cut.
He employed a leap of logic that even a Harvard-educated man like Brown (actually a twice-Harvard-educated man) should understand.
Browns campaign and the state Democratic Party continue to play dirty politics. Their behavior is unethical and unprofessional
This continual propaganda deception is a blot on Browns record.
In what has been one of the most abysmal campaigns in Maryland history, last weeks mud-slinging marked a new low.
Hogans flim-flam on Brown
Soon after Brown repeated his Hogan school construction hoax, the Republican candidate responded with a flagrantly bogus assertion of his own: That Brown would wipe out funding for school breakfasts.
What a flim-flam Hogan tried to pull. Theres not a breath of truth in Hogans twisted version of the facts.
No wonder people are turned off by politicians. Lying is becoming an election norm.
The irony is that neither candidate needs to engage in such underhanded filth. They are fully capable of leveling with voters and making a persuasive case for their political agenda.
This is what Brown and Hogan should be doing.
Yet both have decided that unless you distort the truth to the breaking point, you cant win.
Hogan and Brown would be better off in the final days of this campaign pulling all negative attack ads and telling their paid consultants to take a hike.
Creating a wasteland of toxic propaganda may work in Kentucky or Florida or Connecticut but Maryland is different.
Voters here hate that type of campaign nonsense. Theyre not fools. They know they are being conned and hustled. Maryland voters dont like it.
Theres no question Brown is the major offender. Hes allowed his handlers not only to go negative but to concoct outrageous lies.
Ive received eight large, glossy fliers in the mail from Brown and his ilk. None gets a passing grade for truth or honesty.
All label Hogan as a dangerous Republican. All make fabricated charges. All are inflammatory. All take fiction-writing to a new, lower level of disgust.
Browns campaign insults the intelligence of voters.
Yet one of these mediocre candidates is going to win.
How the victor will govern is anyones guess: Both Brown and Hogan have kept that information a closely guarded secret.
Barry Rascovar has been covering politics in Maryland for over 40 years. His writing appears at http://www.politicalmaryland.com. You can contact him at brascovar [at] hotmail.com.