Another Shoe Drops: Delegate Michael Vaughn Resigns 

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It hasn’t been a good week for Democrats in the House of Delegates, and today brings more bad news for Speaker Mike Busch’s crew:

Longtime state Del. Michael L. Vaughn (D-Prince George’s) resigned Wednesday morning, less than an hour before the official start of the 2017 legislative session, citing health reasons.

His departure is the latest blow to Maryland Democrats, who have become embroiled in a long-running bribery and corruption investigation that U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein says involves “more than one” current lawmaker.

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Vaughn’s two-sentence resignation letter was delivered to the office of House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) Wednesday morning, shortly before the noon opening of the General Assembly’s annual legislative session.

There was no indication in the letter that Vaughn’s decision to leave the legislature was connected to the probe.
But the court filings from last week said that one elected official accused of accepting bribes, who is not named in the documents, voted in a 2015 House Economic Matters Committee hearing for a bill expanding alcohol sales in Prince George’s.
Eighteen members of the committee voted in favor of the bill, including Vaughn. Vaughn was the only Prince George’s lawmaker to vote yes. The court papers do not specify the lawmaker’s jurisdiction.

From everything I’m hearing, this is by no means the end of this mess for House members. It’s going to get much worse before it begins to get better.

3 thoughts on “Another Shoe Drops: Delegate Michael Vaughn Resigns 

  1. Lynn M. Beiber

    How about Derick Davis and Jay Walker? Senator Peters maybe as well. When is the FBI going to look at the procurement corruption and pay to play in PG County Public Schools? For God’s sake, Rushern Baker appointed his ex brother in -law as BOE head. How about those sweet, no bid cell tower deals for Milestone Communications and Len Forkas,
    who forked over some cash to Rushern Baker and Mike Busch. AA county is in the mix on this one. Milestone Communications, foreign entity, Delaware of course, signed contracts before they had registered to do business in state of Maryland after they wined and dined our school board members in OC during MABE conferences..

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  2. Saqib Ali

    Has anyone checked into Mike Busch’s employment?

    His bio says he is “Administrator for youth athletics, Department of Recreation and Parks, Anne Arundel County”.

    Isn’t that supposed to be a full time job? Yet he seems to do politics all the time and going to meetings/conferences all over the state. Journalists should verify that it’s not a no-show gig.

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