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That Maryland remains a Land of Political Unforgettables has been demonstrated once again.

Jon Cardin, a Democratic state legislator from Baltimore County, candidate for state attorney general – and nephew of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, his fellow Democrat – appears in a campaign ad republished by the Washington Post.

Candidate Cardin is shown in a photograph in which he is standing next to and holding the hand of what is identified as follows:

“Check out My Most Recent Endorsement by New Friend and Baltimore Rapper Ski Money!”

“After candidate Cardin and Ski Money were photographed together,” reported the Post, “the rapper blasted the picture onto social media with a message of support, which Cardin’s campaign happily retweeted.”

After accepting all this support, as well as a $100 contribution from Money, Cardin learned that Mr. Money is a whore-monger.

In a statement of political desperation, Cardin wrote that he was “appalled” to hear of these charges – and was returning Money’s $100. (Money’s legal name is Lawrence S. Christian.)

“I do not accept Mr. Christian’s support. I’ve actively fought to eradicate human trafficking throughout my political career, and as attorney general, I will continue to aggressively combat this awful behavior.”

The fundraiser where the rapper met Cardin was held in the office of former entertainment lawyer Carl W. Gardner, who represented White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi in 2009 and was disbarred in 2011 for mishandling thousands of dollars of client money. Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, Democrat, who was convicted of embezzlement in 2009, attended the catered party, according to Gardner’s Twitter account.

That gathering of miscreants led Montgomery County State Sen. Brian Frosh – who’s running against Cardin for the nomination – and who chairs the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – to speak out as follows:

“First of all, you’re running to be the chief legal officer of the state of Maryland, and you have a disbarred lawyer throw a fundraiser for you?” he said. “And then you are proud to accept an endorsement without knowing that the guy has been charged with 22 counts of human trafficking and prostitution?”

Cardin’s response to this when interviewed by the Post was astounding:

“Certainly if I had to do that all over again, I’d do it differently, but I can’t research every person I meet on the street,” he said. “The perils of technology are things we try to stay two steps ahead of.”

Cardin also said it would be wrong to shun political overtures by hip-hop artists just because rap music and culture sometimes celebrate the image of the outlaw.

“Do you think that rappers and people interested in hip-hop somehow shouldn’t be politically active and be treated with respect and dignity?” Cardin said.

Cardin has come under criticism about his ethics and legislative attendance record.

He had to apologize for using a Baltimore City Police boat and helicopter to stage a marriage proposal in 2009 and was dinged for absenteeism during the General Assembly session in Annapolis – but seeking reimbursement for most of his meals anyway.

The three-term delegate missed 75 percent of the committee votes, but still requested $2,688, or $42 per diem, for nearly every day of the recent 90-day session.

All of which begs the basic question: Will the state of Maryland benefit by electing as its attorney general Jon Cardin, who asked whether a whore-monger shouldn’t be “politically active and treated with dignity and respect”?

Media wishing to interview Les Kinsolving, please contact media@wnd.com.

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