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February 28, 2013

Another Politician Bites The Dust

Zachary Peters

From Republican Anne Arundel County Del. Don Dwyer’s drunken boating accident, to the recent arrest of Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff’s for “driving under the influence),” politicians across Maryland seem to be pretty good at ruining their careers and risking lives.


Early Saturday morning, Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff (R.) was arrested in Towson for allegedly driving drunk. The councilman was driving late at night without his headlights on and proceeded to run a red light.


It’s bad enough that Councilman Huff was operating a motor vehicle with a .20 blood alcohol level, (according to the police) over two times the legal limit, but then proceeded to make the classic politician’s mistake. When asked for his license and registration by the officer, Councilman Huff supposedly said: “Don’t you know who I am?”


Not only could Councilman Huff have killed someone in an accident, let alone himself, but then has the audacity to believe he is above the law given his elected office. Councilman Huff attempted to call the Baltimore County Police chief, questioned the validity of the stop, and even asked for a ride home.


This is the epitome of the corrupt thinking of some of our elected representatives. It truly is sad that some of our leaders believe that because they were elected to represent us, they are immune to our laws and rules. Very few things frustrate citizens as much as this kind of pretentious thinking in politics.


Another nail in the political coffin of Councilman Huff is that the vehicle he was driving at the time of the incident was owned by Baltimore County. You can’t make this stuff up.


So let’s review the situation. A Baltimore County councilman is driving a government-owned vehicle, not his own, while severely intoxicated. Further, his eyes are glassy and bloodshot; his speech was slurred; and he attempts to tell the policeman that he shouldn’t be arrested because of his elected position. If this is not cause for immediate resignation, I’m not really sure what is.


The arrest alone is cause for resignation, but the use of a government-owned vehicle in the crime makes it a necessity. In a statement issued Monday, the councilman announced he would be giving up his county-owned vehicle as a "first step toward accepting the consequences of [his] behavior."


In the coming days, I fully expect some other sort of political punishment will be bestowed on Councilman Huff. The Baltimore County Republican Central Committee has already said that “The committee will have questions and the councilman should be prepared with answers,” according to The Lutherville-Timonium Patch. The committee can ask all the questions they want; but at the end of the day, Mr. Huff needs to resign. This is especially due to the fact that when questioned in his last campaign about his prior legal troubles (traffic issues and a handgun violation), Mr. Huff said he should be judged by whom he is today and what he has accomplished rather than his past. Well Councilman Huff, your wish is our command.


This serious situation is just another reminder that we truly deserve better from our leaders. Councilman Huff should resign immediately from office and try to save as much of his dignity as humanly possible (Hint: There’s not much left).


For his own sake, for the sake of the office of county councilman, for the sake of the taxpayers, Councilman Huff needs to be booted from his position effective immediately – if he doesn’t resign.


One last thought; could you even imagine what The Frederick News Post would call for if this situation involved Blaine Young rather than of Todd Huff?


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