Maryland Republican Party Stands with Washington County

ANNAPOLIS – “The Maryland Republican Party stands firmly with the Washington County Board of County Commissioners regarding their decision today to remove from office fellow Commissioner Cort Meinelschmidt (R). 

An inquiry and investigation of the Washington County Ethics Commission found Commissioner Meinelschmidt failed to disclose that he would benefit directly if the Commissioners voted on a motion he crafted. That motion redirected Federal CARES Act Funding from a county reimbursement line item to a Restaurant Relief Program for which several applications, including one for his business, were received after initial funding had been exhausted.  The Ethics Commission stated that Meinelschmdit committed a, “troubling breach of the public trust” and had referred the matter to the Board of County Commissioners for appropriate discipline noting: “ an order to cease and desist the violation… would serve no retribution, deterrent or restitutive purpose” and that a, “reprimand of Commissioner Meinelschmidt carries insufficient weight and consequences.”  The Office of the Attorney General of Maryland affirmed the authority of the County Commissioners to proceed with the removal Commissioner Meinelschmidt from office. 

The Maryland Republican Party believes that all elected and public officials, regardless of political affiliation, must be held to the highest of ethical standards to ensure the integrity of the institutions they represent, and the citizens they serve.  In this matter, all commissioners, including Meinelschmidt, are Republicans.  However, this is not a Republican or Democrat issue. This is a Cort Meinelschmidt issue. 

Commission President Jeff Cline, Vice President Terry Baker, and Commissioners Wayne Keefer and Randy Wagner, are to be commended for their brave decision to uphold the rule of law, and to insist on the highest of standards for themselves on behalf of their constituents.”

Source: Maryland Republican Party releases the previous statement. Image, MDGOP Facebook.