To Serve or to Serve? That is the Question.
Just wanted to make a quick post about the Maryland State Senate. I love Maryland politics, particularly the Senate and I could tell you my opinion on every Senator and most delegates (future post?) but sometimes a story pops up that appeals to more than just the die-hard MD Politics fans like myself.
Newly elected Senator J.B. Jennings (R-Harford Country) previously had a perfect attendance record for votes in his past eight years in the House of Delegates. That record is about to be shattered. Senator Jennings, who serves in the Air National Guard, has been called to do a training mission at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia during the majority of this year’s session.
I’m not sure what the right thing to do here is. On the one hand, he is serving his country at his own expense and military service is always impressive and praiseworthy. Also, the voters knew he was an active duty military man when they voted for him. Still, I cannot shake the feeling that he owes it to his constituents to serve. It’s a 90-day session, I can’t imagine there is not some sort of protocol for postponing training. It’s not like he is actually going to war, just making sure he is still trained. On yet the other hand (we all have three hands, right?) he’s a freshman Republican in the Maryland Senate…will anyone notice he’s not there? Your thoughts?
As a former page, my main concern is whether the pages will be expected to maintain his bill book when he won’t even be there (tag that as things no one cares about but me).