Delegate Pat McDonough has officially announced that he will be “testing the waters” for a possible campaign for Governor in 2010. The three term legislator plans to travel around the state, visiting with clubs, community groups, and other organizations to hear their concerns and outline his agenda. The Baltimore and Harford County lawmaker maintains that issues will be the centerpiece of his campaign.
“Maryland is on the road to disaster, spending is out of control, taxes are too high, education is not producing results, crime, gangs, and drugs have taken control of our neighborhoods and our prison system, and illegal immigration has transformed us into a sanctuary state,” Delegate McDonough stated. “We need a new Maryland that attracts jobs, exercises fiscal management, and promotes ‘zero tolerance’ on crime and illegal immigration. In order to achieve this goal, we need new leadership.”
The kick-off issue Delegate McDonough will be emphasizing is what he terms “the 2011 ambush tax.” The radio talk-show host and TV analyst believes that after the 2010 election, if Governor O’Malley is re-elected, he (Gov. O’Malley) and the leaders of the General Assembly will impose a massive tax hike in order to continue their reckless spending.
Delegate McDonough has created the “Taxpayers’ Pledge” where he promises there will be no new taxes. He is asking Governor O’Malley to sign the same pledge. “We desperately need new leadership, a new direction in order to create a new Maryland,” Delegate McDonough concluded.