Outgoing Republican Del. Mike Smigiel has chosen to end his tenure in elected office by calling the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Mayor of New York City and Al Sharpton of being morally guilty of killing cops.
Perhaps these statements are Smigiel’s way of launching his 2018 comeback bid. But these public statements reveal why Republicans showed good judgement in denying him renomination for a fifth term this year, albeit partially because of an unusual number of competitors also hailing from Cecil County in this Eastern Shore district.
Smigiel’s defeat is also a blessing for Governor-Elect Larry Hogan. Statements like these by Republican members of the General Assembly will be totally unhelpful to his efforts to work with Democrats who hold over two-thirds of the seats in both the House and the Senate. It also undermines Republican efforts to expand their share of centrist and African-American voters.
UPDATE: Apparently, Del. Smigiel also realizes that his Facebook post showed poor judgement and has taken it down (h/t @BaltMediaBlog).