Upper Marlboro —A Maryland delegate is facing mounting pressure to resign after unleashing kleptocracy in Prince George’s (PG) County for some time now. Prince George’s County’s Reform Sasscer Movement and PG Parents are calling for Maryland Delegate Dereck. E. Davis, who is the Chairman for Economic Matters Committee in Maryland, to resign with immediate effect from the Maryland General Assembly and from his Prince George’s County government position. Prince George’s County has been abuzz with allegations that officials within the Maryland delegation have engaged in racketeering, money laundering, and other criminal activities—including scheming to enrich themselves at the expense of the children of the county and the wider population.
Troubles for Democrat Dereck E. Davis began after reports surfaced that he had used the new Maryland law HB1107 as a bargaining chip to reward himself and his wife as part of a cartel involving state judges and other county employees connected to them. The county’s public corruption with ties to the kleptocracy is a looting machinewhich has become a routine fiasco for the county over the years.
More than a dozen corruption scandals have erupted in recent weeks and have shown how the questionable leadership has been moving illicit funds elsewhere, as the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and other agencies in Maryland suffer. The scale of the political elites’ involvement in similar situations such as this was laid starkly clear in the “Panama Papers,” a leak revealing many of the clients of the law firm Mossack Fonseca. These very partial revelations implicated 140 politicians from 50 countries as exploiters of offshore finance, mainly as a means to sequester illicit funds. There is no difference in what is occurring under the current regime of our local Prince George’s County government than elsewhere around the world.
Challenges to democracy vary widely across many countries around the world, as does the Reform Sasscer Movement approach. In developed countries such as the United States, there exists struggling democratic counties such as Prince George’s. The Reform Sasscer Movement projects target the institutional weaknesses that underlie political instability, such as corruption, governance, rule of law, and opaque policy-making processes.
The institutional dynamics that underlie the corrupt politics, economy, and society of Prince George’s county must change if democratic norms and practices are to take root in the county. Based on our own experiences, these challenges are numerous and complex, and no single initiative will solve them all. Corruption, however, is paramount among these challenges. In Prince George’s County, public perceptions and allegations of corruption undermine public faith in the institutions of democracy to such an extent that democratically-elected local government has lost legitimacy in the eyes of competing segments of the state of Maryland. PG Parents’ principle strategic focus, and the best way to address PG County democratic deficiencies within the PGCPS system, is asking Delegate Dereck E. Davis to resign his position due to corruption in the Maryland legislature and the county government.
A PG county blogger on Facebook called the incident “reprehensible,” and said he is demanding for Delegate Dereck E. Davis to resign his positions due to corruption in the county and in the Maryland legislature.
Delegate Dereck E. Davis, who sparked widespread controversy after he engaged in double-dealing, colluding with his wife and close family friends, is benefiting unjustly at the expense of the children of PGCPS and must be banished. At the same time last year, he introduced a bill to ban counties and cities from increasing minimum wage in their individual jurisdictions. This bill was a proposal that pitted progressive Democrats, who have embraced a national push for a $15 hourly wage, against the party’s center- and right-leaning members. However, this is not why we are asking him to resign, his conflict of interest goes deeper than that.
The recent events began with a Facebook post after a meeting with PG County delegation at Largo in which Prince George’s County School CEO Kevin Maxwell was questioned by the Prince George’s Delegation Education Committee on a series of issues such as graduation rates, grade changes, and teacher sexual assault allegations. During the meeting, Del. Dereck Davis said he has tried to stay out of it since his wife is one of Maxwell’s top deputies. However, he could not resist commenting that day, calling the controversies brought forth by BOE members a “minstrel show.” With overwhelming evidence of a kleptocracy curse, The Maryland Democratic Party should demand his immediate resignation.
The Maryland Democratic Party seems like an unstoppable train rattling downhill in Maryland at break-neck speed with Del. Davis as part of it. If there was ever an example of when the more than 200-year-old party formed in 1792 needed to apply the brakes it is here. But the people are likely to punish these leaders in 2018 and again in 2020 if something is not done.
Del. Dereck Davis use of horrific, discriminatory activities, engagement in racketeering, and selfish interests towards members of the [PGCPS] Board of Education and others in Maryland—who disagree with him and his wife—is disgusting, unacceptable, and has no place in our democracy or our society.
The current disrespect of Board members and county staff who oppose county leadership involved in kleptocracy locally should not be tolerated.
The recent mistreatment of Mr. Edward Burroughs III (Board member), who was not allowed to address a graduating class in his district, sparked nationwide outrage. Critics accused the police of stifling constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. Mrs. Davis, who was at the center of these violations after making students cry, has never apologized, despite a petition asking her to do so. Mrs. Davis has followed the beckoning of her superiors–including her husband.
Del. Dereck Davis has been conspiring with the Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh, who did not disclose to the Maryland General Assembly that his office has been violating federal laws willfully in Maryland for many years. The office has been colluding with the corrupt state and union officials operating in Maryland to the detriment of many citizens. The office is also involved in tortious interference of lawyers hired by employees in conspiracy with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), ACE-AFSCME Local 2250, AFSCME International and other officials in the Maryland Democratic party.
Long before the four Board members wrote to the Maryland governorconcerning widespread fraud in PG county, this blog covered the same issues on February 16, 2017 concerning work of fiction and misrepresentation by the county schools after an “all-time high graduation rates” article in the local newspaper.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is an unprecedented event in which we demand the resignation of Del. Dereck Davis. Don’t take it lightly.
More to come.
It has been a long week. Like others, it had its own challenges. But our God is always faithful that he allowed us to go through the storms. Next week, We will have a special blog post dealing with similar issues currently in the courts and how we can tackle issues heads on with your support to face the future in a united way. Be blessed and stay involved.