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.
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