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Parties Spar Over Currie

The FBI investigation of Sen. Ulysses Currie has sparked a war of words between leaders of Maryland's political parties, with Republicans saying the Prince George's lawmaker is part of "a culture of corruption" in Annapolis and Democrats defending his integrity.

Following last week's raid of Currie's home and the headquarters of a grocery chain for whom he has consulted, Maryland GOP Chairman James Pelura called on Currie to step down, at least temporarily, as chairman of the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

"The people of Maryland place their trust and faith in honest government, but unfortunately, the question is not whether we will discover another corrupt, Democratic legislator, but when?" Pelura said in a statement.

In a statement issued yesterday, Maryland Democratic Party Chairman Michael Cryor said that Currie had earned "bipartisan respect and praise for his integrity and fairness."

"We would be wise to reserve judgment on any man or woman with such a track record until all the facts are in and the scrutiny has run its course," Cryor said, accusing Republicans of using "a smear tactic to score political points."

Currie has not disclosed his consulting activities for Shoppers Food and Pharmacy in ethics filings.

Prosecutors yesterday issued a wide-ranging subpoena, seeking documents and computer files from his office and that of his committee.

By John Wagner  |  June 3, 2008; 8:36 AM ET
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