The Frederick News-Post reported our lawmakers’ reactions to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump. In that article, Delegate Kathy Afzali was mentioned as saying: “Democrats’ questions about Trump’s business dealings are the result of their own lack of experience in owning and operating businesses. ‘We look at private-sector work as a positive,’ she said of fellow Republican party members.”

Democrats’ questions about how beholden our president is to a hostile foreign power are a “result of their own lack of experience in owning and operating businesses”? Really? Is Delegate Afzali making up “alternative facts”?

I am a registered Democrat. I owned and operated a successful IT business in Frederick County for eight years. I am now an ordained Episcopal priest in charge of a small nonprofit known as Grace Episcopal Church in Brunswick. Is Delegate Afzali saying my concerns about Donald Trump’s financial interests in a foreign nation hostile to the United States is because I “lack experience in owning and operating businesses”? If Delegate Afzali really said this, it is personally offensive to me as well as many other Democrats who are business owners. It is condescending to her Democratic constituents. Delegate Afzali seems to have forgotten that Democrats are still her constituents and she answers to them as much as her Republican ones. She was elected to represent ALL of us, not just some of us.

I can assure Delegate Afzali the concerns about Donald Trump’s financial ties to Russia are not because Democrats lack business experience. Does Warren Buffett, a longtime Democrat and owner of Berkshire Hathaway, lack business experience? Or Oprah Winfrey? Or Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook)? Or Lloyd Blankfein (CEO of Goldman Sachs)? Or designer Kenneth Cole? Or Jeffrey Brotman (co-founder of Costco)? Clearly this statement of hers is not grounded in any verifiable facts, but merely her partisan opinions.

Democrats who are raising questions about President Trump’s ties to Russia are doing so out of concern over the potential conflicts of interest. If this president is financially beholden to hostile foreign powers, these ties have the potential to compromise our nation’s foreign policy decisions. It is a national security risk. This isn’t sour grapes about who won the election, nor is it because Democrats “lack experience in owning and operating businesses.” It is because there are patriotic Americans of both parties who see the potential for our country’s interests to be compromised by a hostile foreign government and we believe this president has a duty to disclose those interests.

I believe Delegate Afzali owes her constituents an apology for this thoughtless and condescending statement. As an elected representative, she is in a position to be part of the solution to our country’s bitter divisions. Instead, making foolish statements like this merely contributes to the partisanship tearing our country apart. This isn’t what she was elected to do, and all of her constituents deserve better.

Anjel Scarborough

Myersville

(50) comments

Heater34

Well, Well, Well, The Supreme Court sided with Trump on the major aspects of his travel bam. Maybe at last we can get back to the rule of law instead of the rule of fake news, innuendo and hysteria.

Heater34

P.S. Three journalists just resigned from CNN for publishing fake Russian news regarding a Trump adviser.

stjohn42

Nice to see that all the Russian hackers with fake accounts are out defending their orange leader.

Heater34

This sounds like another case of political grandstanding by a Democratic political hack. It will come to nothing after a lot of huffing and puffing and smoke and mirrors.
Just like Governor O'Malley and the Wizard of OZ. If this is a real potentially criminal situation then why have other State Attorney Generals not joined in the process? Why hasn't congress joined in?

shiftless88

Are you aware that a large number of congressmen are on a suit suing President Trump for violating the emoluments clause?

Heater34

Like I said. Huffing and puffing and smoke and mirrors. Seems to be the bread and butter of modern politics. I wonder what will happen when the Democrats find their policy of obstruction backfiring like it did in the Georgia Sixth election yesterday? Every hue and cry against Trump is only making him stronger.

Hayduke2

Agree that Democrats need to take a serious look at their message. However, to mention the Georgia vote is lots of huff and puff too - that is a conservative, red district and has been for decades. Were the results baffling, hardly.

Heater34

Hello Duke, That's true. I lived in Macon and Atlanta Georgia for several years. The Georgia Sixth District is northern suburban Atlanta. The Democrats probably thought they had a chance because of all the college educated voters in the district. However, their big mistake was to over focus on the district. They ran a candidate that didn't even live in the district and they made no secret that they were funneling money from outside the district into the campaign. To many Southern voters this smacks of carpetbaggerism. Nothing will inflame a Southern voter faster than the appearance of outside influence. The real wonder is that the Democratic candidate did as well as he did.

User1

I'm waiting for the special investigator to recuse himself for conflict of interest. Why hasn't he recommended a grand jury for Comey's leak of government documents? Why hasn't he started an investigation into past AG Lunch and her obstruction of justice according to Comey's testimony. Can't wait for the democrats to be bit by the snake they let loose.

Heater34

Talk about Comey, This morning on you tube there was a photo of Comey in sunglasses and his wife sneaking into the New York Times Building. The photo was purported to be from a New York Post photographer. However, I'm not sure if it was genuine or bogus. Can we expect more leaks?

User1

And are you aware that under the constitution the emoluments clause does not apply to POTUS. Besides he is NOT getting anything. It has been proven that the "foreigners" staying in any of his establishments are receiving goods and services for their money. What about both Bush's receiving payment from Saudi Arabia for their oil? People just can't let it go.

gary4books

Business? Contacts with foreign intelligence agents are usually about espionage. Plain and simple. One person provides services and /or information and they pay money. Is that the new "business?" I say this from thee years as a Special Agent in Army Intelligence and six years with another Intelligence Agency. It sure looks like espionage o me. I wait only for the final reports of these investigations we read about. Until then we have to limit our speculation on who did what. But we do know what it is all about.

Heater34

Hello Gary, I don't doubt your security experience but you may be a little light on economics. We live in a world wide economy that is becoming increasingly integrated all the time. No on can do business in a world wide marketplace without dealing with Russia, China and all the other great economic powers. Now why would anyone be surprised if Trump's and Tillerson's past worldwide dealings involved Russia as well as every other other economic player in the world. On the positive side, I do believe that increased economic integration does more to maintain world peace than all the armed forces of the world.

ehpercy

Except for the fact that Trump and the Republican Party rail against global economic integration. Also, there huge is difference between working a business deal as the head of a private company in furtherance of a profit and negotiating trade deals that work to the mutual advantage of both countries. Again I would note, one of Trumps first actions was to withdraw from the TPP ceding the Pacific Rim to China. That is capitulation, not negotiation.

Heater34

Bit deeper than that. Trump withdrew from the TPP because the blue collar unions feared that we would lose more manufacturing jobs to Asia as a result of TPP. The Republicans have been playing for blue collar union votes for years. After all it was the blue collar vote in Pennsylvania and the rust belt that elected Trump to the presidency in the first place.

User1

Then where is ANY proof??? After over six months you'd expect some proof. Why has every current and past head of all of our intelligence services stated "we have not found any proof". I guess you can't have any interaction with any Russian because they are all Spies!!! Show me the proof or let it go!!!

MrHitshed

There's little to work with when you talk about Afzali. She's a scatterbrained simpleton who has accomplished nothing. Most of her "work" involves trying to outdo other, similar, local republicans. She's a slavish follower of Trump, and before him was at the eternal beck and call of Roscoe Bartlett. If you have only half a brain, you're still way ahead of Afzali.

DeplorableLocalVeteran

It appears Frederick County Christian aren't allowed to speak truth to
Muslim republicans.

jerseygrl42

Del. Afzali has worked very hard and achieved much on behalf of all citizens despite having to deal with the likes of the lefties in her midst who only wish to tax and waste...83 tax/fee increases from omalley

User1

That's right! Did you see all the new laws that will go into effect on 1 July? Everything from using $700,000 from our rainy day TAX fund to support any cut in Planned Parenthood. Did I miss a vote on that? Just like our AG Frosh using our tax money for his lawsuit (political) against president Trump. At least they passed a "hometown heroes" bill giving first responders a $15k exemption on state taxes. Why they didn't include military I don't know (maybe anti-military democrats). Time for the losers to get over it!

Rick Blatchford

The usual suspects with the usual remarks. [wink] And I keep hoping that one day one of 'em will surprise us. Silly me.

Hayduke2

The usual suspects in jeersey and Rick with the usual remarks. And I keep hoping that one day one of 'em will surprise. How foolish of me to think that.

b1sellers

[thumbup] hay

DisabledFrederickVeteran

GOP politicians in bed with Saudis and Iranians while waving the American flag and taking away struggling America workers healthcare is patriotic. USA USA USA

Heater34

Believe GOP politicians favor Saudis and Israel. Obama and Kerry were in bed with the Iranians.

User1

Gotta be talking about Obama who gave Iran $1.5 Billion in cash and Hillary who foundation received $150 million from Saudi Arabia. And Obamacare taking 1/3 of my retirement income just for myself. Yep...very patriotic!

Titanman123

Look at your own party man, Bernie and Pochantas constantly attack all of the big Wall Street CEOs you list. Kathy is spot on, Dems demonize business success (look at Romney). While republicans embrace it!

Hayduke2

Kind of contradicted yourself in your own post there tinman since several successful left leaning folks were mentioned in the letter. Kathy is NOT spot on and hasn't accomplished anything.

Titanman123

She clearly irritates you..that's an accomplishment all readers of the FNP appreciate!

Hayduke2

Name me her outstanding contributions Tinman...

meulenberg4e

Good neoliberal cant!

User1

Right! Funny how Bernie ran on a platform on how "you can't elect Hillary, she's not qualified" then he met with Obama and suddenly "Hillary is what the party needs". Or fronting an unqualified, unemployed, non resident to run for a congressional seat in the most expensive race in history. I guess they didn't learn from the big one they lost that you can't buy everything.

armillary


Kathy, conservative brat
idolizes an orange autocrat
in her partisan fog
she'd choose Putin's lapdog
over an American Democrat.

FrederickFan

Bonus points for "Orange Autocrat."

Heater34

Thought I'd try my hand at rhyming.

armillary missing Hillary
Having a trauma while watching Obama
fading at last into history.

public-redux

Are you sure a hand was involved in that?

armillary

It was a member anyway.

Heater34

Hello Public Never claimed to be a poet. Just wanted to let folks know that rhyming cuts both ways

public-redux

"rhyming cuts both ways"

I'm not sure if that is deep or a deepity but it sounds good.

Heater34

Hello Public Love your pithy comebacks.

public-redux

Verbosity obfuscates. Eschew verbosity.

Heater34

But remember Billy Flynn from Chicago. Sometimes you have to "razzle dazzle them".

Heater34

P.S "Ever since the days of old Methuselah everyone loves the big bamboozala".

Hayduke2

Not your forte Heater....

Heater34

So true.

MrHitshed

Simply awesome.

DisabledFrederickVeteran

I belive Kathy Afzali is a Mulsim so what does she really know about Christian America values?

threecents

You really can't blame Kathy Husein Afzali for thinking all business people are Republican; she is another victim of Fox News brainwashing.

public-redux

Traditionally, middle names of elected officials are in all caps. Like this: Barack HUSSEIN Obama. William JEFFERSON Clinton. Harry S Truman. Ergo: Kathy HUSEIN Afzali.

threecents

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