Oh snap! Russ Decker hits back at Van Hollen

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Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, one of only 5 current legislators to have been convicted of drunk driving, released this op-ed today as a response to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s recent campaign against “unfair partisan spending cuts” that his agency has been asked to sustain in the most recent budget.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has been complaining that the Department of Justice is being treated differently in the budget process than other state agencies. And he is absolutely right.

No other state agency has been given as many additional resources as the Department of Justice over the last few years.

What’s even better is when he reaches back to Van Hollen’s campaign. For those of you who don’t remember, VH beat Kathleen Falk in the 2006 race for attorney general.

“I have the ability to create partnerships, to have the leadership within the office to free up resources…to do more with less.”

In fact, when his Republican primary opponent said he would work with the Legislature to get more funds to attack the backlog at the crime lab, Attorney General Van Hollen said he would eliminate the crime lab backlog without asking for more money because just throwing money at the problem wasn’t the conservative thing to do.

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