Worcester County State’s Attorney Joel Todd has decided that winning re-election is far more important than behaving in an ethical manner. Running behind in his bid for another term, Todd recently sent out a series of mailings to voters in Worcester County. In them he displays people as “supporters” who either are not supporting his bid for re-election or had not given their permission.
Todd’s behavior is worse than that of Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) or the DCCC. We can only infer from Todd’s behavior that desperation will cause this man to say or do almost anything.
Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church doesn’t support Todd’s bid, but is pictured as a “community leader” who supports Joel Todd. In an interview with the Ocean Pines Independent, Todd claims to have the endorsement of OPA Director Ray Unger. Unger is adamant in his support for Todd’s opponent – Beau Oglesby. Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing has been dismissed as an election judge because of Todd’s scurrilous actions. Both Downing and the Worcester County Board of Elections informed Todd that Downing COULD NOT be listed on any campaign material because of Downing’s volunteer position as a Chief Election Judge. Of course, this doesn’t matter to someone as egocentric as Todd. He needs to claim law enforcement endorsements, even if they don’t exist, due to Oglesby’s endorsement by all three Worcester County FOP lodges as well as the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police.
If there was ever a question as to whether Joel Todd deserves re-election, the matter seems settled. The citizens of Worcester County deserve better than a State’s Attorney that has shown he will say or do anything to win a political campaign. Such behavior would be bad enough from your run of the mill office seeker. However, a State’s Attorney (like a county Sheriff) has the power to deprive citizens of their property and liberty. How safe can one feel with a man like Joel Todd holding that kind of power?
from Delmarva Dealings