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Brochin Plans To Join GOP Filibuster

An independent-minded Democratic senator became the first from his party to announce that he will join Republicans in attempting to kill Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax plans through the use of a filibuster.

"In my mind, this is bad public policy," Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County) told reporters yesterday. "When did we become the party that raises taxes? ..... I'm hoping some of my colleagues will join me."

For the tactic to succeed, several other Democrats would have to join Brochin.

Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick) said he welcomed Brochin to the fold and said he has heard "there are other who are interested." He did not name them.

Brochin said his calls and emails have been running 60-to-1 against raising taxes and that "I was elected to represent my constituents."

Brochin has had scrapes in the past with both O'Malley (D) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D), and his announcement yesterday is not likely to improve his relationship with either party leader.

Miller dismissed Brochin's position as "for show."

Brochin said he has no intentions of leaving the Democratic party, citing his support for union rights, stem cell research, abortion rights and other party tenants.

For a full story on yesterday's session action, click here.

By John Wagner  |  November 6, 2007; 10:04 AM ET
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Sure is nice to see someone standing up against this. Such a shame that only a few legislators have the *alls* to admit that we don't need to raise taxes to balance the budget, we just need to stop adding new and expanded programs.

But will this do any good? Doubt it.

Posted by: jj | November 6, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Unlike many of the progressive state legislators who vote for the largest part of O'Malley's largest tax increase in Maryland history, the 20% increase in the regressive state sales tax, Brochin is going to be re-elected.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | November 6, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The people of Maryland had a chance to stop this on election day and they blew it. They were so desperate to show their displeasure with the White House that they voted for a man (O'Malley)most knew very little about. The one-party system in Maryland will continue to create higher taxes and out of control spending and most Marylanders will not have the political willpower or guts to do anything about it.

Posted by: WaPost4O'Malley | November 6, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Brochin is a stand-up guy and should be commended. If there are a few more in the State House that are willing to listen to the people and not to the Party, then this can all go down in flames.

It infuriates me to know that the powers that be (O'Malley, Miller and Busch) are wielding influence over our elected officials. Our Delegates and State Senators obviously fear some sort of retribution from the Party if they don't fall in line. Nevermind what the people that sent them to Annapolis in the first place think.

If our elected officials fear retribution for listening to their constituents I don't know what you call it but it isn't Democracy.

Posted by: Stand-up Guy | November 6, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The more I read about Brochin, the more I like him. Thank god for SOME political moderation in Annapolis.

Posted by: Liz | November 6, 2007 8:01 PM | Report abuse

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