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October 28, 2010

Bailey offers to bail on BaltCo prosecutor race

Five days before the general election – too late to remove his name from the ballot – Republican Steve Bailey has offered to withdraw from the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s race if his opponent, first-term Democrat Scott D. Shellenberger, agrees to take a pay cut and opt out of the county pension plan.

“It’s time for local leaders like our State’s Attorney, the second highest paid elected official in the State, to step up and lead by example,” Bailey said. “Elected officials should not receive pension benefits that most working folks could only dream of.”

Shellenberger, whose campaign has primarily focused on his law-and-order record, declined.

“Since Day 1, I’ve been saying that this job is about fighting crime and law and order and that’s what this race should be about,” Shellenberger said. “I’ve known Steve Bailey for years. This last-ditch effort at once again talking about an issue that doesn’t apply to this job is just not the Steve Bailey that I know.”

Bailey agrees that for the most part Shellenberger has done a good job as state's attorney, and he wants to expand some of his initiatives. But his campaign platform is heavy on money matters - salary, pension, perks, financial efficacy and campaign backers.

He’d like to see the state’s attorney’s salary cut to $150,000 and for Shellenberger to enroll in a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

-Raven L. Hill

Posted by Andy Rosen at 4:57 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: In The Counties


Why does Steve Bailey want to put the welfare of people in their old age in the hands of the crooks on Wall Street when it is their carelessness and recklessness that put us in the current economic situation? I think this is a question Mr. Bailey needs to answer. What master is he serving??? I know too many people who have had to continue working well past when they should have been able to retire because Wall Street was reckless and their 401ks were completely depleted. I think Mr. Bailey needs to answer whether he is in the pocket of Wall Street or whether he is truly for the people.

I am an ardent supporter of Scott Shellenberger because of the personal experience my family has had with the State's Attorney's Office. In additions, I also agree with his stance on the relevant issues.
Baltimore County has a top notch State's Attorney's Office and Mr. Shellenberger has personally performed with the utmost intellect during the past four years.

Strike one - @Raven - You are not so new that you are allowed to get the names wrong and not be called on it. Stephen "Steve" Bailey and Scott Shellenberger are the candidates.

Strike 2 - @unrest - This swing reminds one of the cartoons where the batter screws himself into the ground while swinging and missing. Your point seems to come over as "The taxpayers of Baltimore County will be protected if they guarantee the Sate's Attorney a really big, lucrative retirement pay. Who is serving whom, indeed.

Strike 3 - @Anonymous - One hopes your personal experience was one wherein the bad guys went to jail, not the other way around. Anonymous and amorphous support amounts to a weak and late swing of support.

Three strikes equals one out.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

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