BALTIMORE — Del. Jon Cardin announced his campaign for Maryland attorney general on Monday, saying the next person to hold the office needs to be ready to stop harmful computer activity like identity theft and Internet bullying.
Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2003.
“Families are facing new and complex challenges in today’s rapidly changing world, and I believe Maryland’s next attorney general must be aggressive enough and savvy enough to stay one step ahead of anyone seeking to harm our families,” Cardin said.
In the last legislative session, Cardin successfully pushed for legislation to crack down on bullying online. The law makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally inflict serious emotional distress on a minor with a penalty of up to a year in prison.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who is the candidate’s uncle, supported him in a campaign video released Monday by saying his nephew has been effective at getting people with different views to work together to address a common goal.
As chairman of a panel on election law in the Legislature, Cardin has worked for campaign finance reforms.
Cardin also pledged to fight for the rights of women, minorities, voters, union workers and the gay, lesbian and transgender community, as well as all state residents who have been targets of injustice.
“When it comes to protecting the civil rights and liberties of Marylanders, and stamping out discrimination wherever it exists, we will move forward — not backward,” Cardin said. “Everyone in Maryland, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation deserves a fair shake and an equal opportunity to succeed.”
Cardin made headlines in 2009 when he involved a Baltimore police boat in his marriage proposal to his current wife at the Inner Harbor in the city. As a police helicopter flew over, police boarded a boat they were on with friends and pretended to search for contraband until Cardin popped the question. Cardin ended up apologizing several times for the 13-minute stunt and reimbursing the city $300. He also made a donation to the department’s mounted unit.
Cardin said Monday that he learned his lesson and “sometimes we all do crazy things for love.”
“In all seriousness, we all make mistakes, and I think I have learned from this mistake and know that our police officers have an important job to do,” Cardin said.
The Democratic primary for attorney general could be a crowded one. State Sen. Brian Frosh, of Montgomery County, is exploring a run. Del. Bill Frick, of Montgomery County, also is considering running for the office.
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