Sheila Dixon Is Bad For Baltimore
R. Barry April 9, 2016
just a few weeks left until Maryland's primary election, Sheila
Dixon is running near the top of the polls. Yes, Baltimore has
it's own version of Marion Barry. She knows how to run a campaign,
and she is successfully relying on the short memory of voters.
Everyone deserves a second chance, but the mayor's office is
not where we should be rehabilitating someone who abused the
same office in the not-so-distant past. A second chance means
that she should be able to work in a regular job, like the rest
of us. She has never shown a moment of contrition, and her calls
for forgiveness have always been directly tied to her own self-interest.
Her immediate response to her betrayal of the city was not to
find a way to make it up to the citizens she betrayed, but instead
worked to secure her pension.
of any other job, and think of yourself as an employer. If you
owned a business and one of your employees stole from you, and
only acted remorseful when you caught them and fired them for
stealing, would you rehire that person if there were other decent
candidates available? Ms. Dixon doesn't need the job (she is
getting the $83,000 pension we have to pay for), so the argument
that she should be given a second chance doesn't work. There
are other candidates that deserve a chance at least much as
she does, that have not given the people of Baltimore a reason
to mistrust them. Does it make sense to give someone less consideration
because they've never stolen anything while in office?
image has taken beating, not just in Maryland, but nationally
or even internationally. Baltimore needs investment, and we
need to show the state, the country and the world that we are
taking the needed steps to make investing in Baltimore a good
option. Electing Sheila Dixon again would demonstrate that we
are not serious about that, and would hurt the city for many
framework for the 2015 Baltimore riots was laid during the
Dixon and O'Malley administrations. Mayor Dixon's
last administration did not benefit the city. Baltimore's
neighborhoods continued to decay under her leadership. The
city's decline and loss of employment started long before
she became mayor, but no innovative solutions began while
she was in office. Instead, she served as a caretaker for
a failing system.
reduction in crime did not coincide with the Dixon administration.
Crime rates in Baltimore were trending downwards before Ms.
Dixon took office. Certain types of crime went down while
she was mayor. Other crimes fluctuated. The murder rate dropped
significantly after she left office. Yes, community policing
has proven to be a good idea, but she is not the only candidate
that will reinstitute community policing.
is no reason to believe her dishonesty would not have continued
if she hadn't been caught. People are always
sorry after they get caught. If she hadn't been caught,
she very easily could have continued her dishonest behavior
needs outside investment. No city in the country
in the country needs to show they are serious about fixing
their problems more than Baltimore does, and the city can't
do that by electing someone who had to resign in a corruption
budget was not well managed while Dixon was mayor.
To be fair, no recent mayor has done a great job with the
budget, but bringing back someone who failed at managing
city funds is a bad idea. The Dixon administration ended
with 121-million dollar budget deficit. Listening to her
campaign rhetoric, she continues to propose addditional
expenditures without any way of paying for those new ideas.
She has said nothing about weeding out wasteful expenses
Dixon is the most divisive candidate running.
Ms. Dixon herself has stressed that bringing the city together
is a critical issue. She says we should vote for her, because
she will bring the city together, but much of the city will
never be behind her. By her own reasoning, she should be
the last candidate anyone votes for.
suffered consequences for reelecting Marion Barry.
Baltimore will suffer consequences if Sheila Dixon is elected
again. Washington lost influence in Congress by electing
Marion Barry, and put the final nails in the coffin for
the D.C. statehood movement. There is a good chance we will
have a Republican Congress again. For a Congress that is
not motivated to accomplish much of anything as it is, we
would not be giving them an incentive to send more money
did not get a raw deal. If you read comments
online, you will find Dixon reporters that claim she was
framed, that claim she was treated unfairly or that she
was targeted. There is no basis for statements like this.
A lack of remorse does not mean there was a lack of guilt.
She has not made any claims that she got treated unfairly,
and that's because the opposite is true. She got a sweetheart
deal. She served no jail time. She kept an $83,000 pension
that is paid by taxpayers, and she is running for mayor
there are no consequences for misconduct in office, there
is no incentive to be honest.
This has ramifications beyond Sheila Dixon. It contributes
to the culture of a political system in which elected officials
continually put their own self-interest above the needs
of the people they are supposed to be serving. As long as
we keep giving people like her a pass, the system will not
be fixed, and the numerous problems facing cities like Baltimore
will remain unresolved.
you think Stephanie Rawlings-Blake handled snowstorms badly,
then you're forgetting that Sheila Dixon (and for that matter
Martin O'Malley) did NOTHING as mayor to get side streets
cleared. People remember failures more than successes, and
the January, 2016 blizzard is still fresh in everyone's
memory, but after the current mayor mishandled the first
snow storm under her watch, she acknowledged that she didn't
handle that well, and took proactive steps to clear the
neighborhoods. The 2009 and 2010 storms that left some residents
stranded over a week happened under the Dixon administration,
and there was no effort to improve the snow removal process.
Dixon had no significant accomplishments in her previous administration.
There was no effort to bring jobs into the city, and her election
now would scare away employers. If she truly cared about the
city, she would not be running. But it's not her mission to
look out for the city. Her mission is to look out for herself.
She has been plotting her way back into power since the day
are some good choices for mayor. Nick Mosby*, Elizabeth Embry
and Carl Stokes would all be far more effective in dealing with
the city's problems than Sheila Dixon would be. The city needs
new leadership, because what we have done in the past has brought
us to where we are now, and we can't afford to let the city
continue to decay.
*Nick Mosby has since withdrawn from the
race for Baltimore Mayor.
This article was updated 4/19/16.