ANNAPOLIS- Maryland Young Republicans Chairman Brian Griffiths issued the following statement today on the ethics troubles of State Senator Rob Garagiola.
"The revelation that State Senator Rob Garagiola failed to disclose his lobbying efforts on his financial disclosure forms are yet another sad example of the Culture of Corruption that the Maryland Democratic Party has nurtured in our state.
"What Senator Garagiola has done is eerily similar in nature to the ethics troubles of State Senator Ulysees Currie, with one noticeable difference; while Senator Currie was removed from leadership and censured for his actions, Senator Garagiola was rewarded with an gerrymandered district to create a streamlined path for his ascension to Congress. Senator Garagiola is being rewarded, not punished, for doing the wrong thing.
"The ethical troubles of Senators Currie and Garagiola are one of the many reasons that the Maryland Young Republicans have proposed a package of common-sense ethical reforms to restore the faith of Marylanders in their government.
"I urge the State Senate to launch a full investigation of Senator Garagiola's failure to disclose his lobbying activities, and take all appropriate actions against the Senator. Furthermore, Senator Garagiola should withdraw from the Democrat primary for Congress in the 6th District, seeing as his failure to disclose his lobbying efforts make him unfit to serve in Congress."