Rawlings-Blake Ignoring The 'Haters' And 'Hecklers'

Mayor's comments on morning radio focus on concerns about street violence raised by Del. Pat McDonough and Sen. Jim Brochin.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is focused on the issue of street violence in the Inner Harbor, and is ignoring people she called haters and hecklers.

"I am not going to let a few haters, you know, that don't live in Baltimore City, denigrate the hard work of the Baltimore City Police Department," said Rawlings-Blake during an interview Wednesday morning on 98 Rock. "Many of them are their constituents, who they don't even have enough respect to even acknowledge the fact that we're a safer city."

(Listen to Rawlings-Blake's 98 Rock interview.)

The mayor made her comments in response to comments made Tuesday by Sen. Jim Brochin, a Towson Democrat.

Brochin told Patch he was calling on the mayor and Gov. Martin O'Malley to use Maryland State Police in the Inner Harbor area.

"My constituents are talking about this and they say they don't feel safe going down there and they aren't going down there," .

Brochin's comments echo those of Del. Pat McDonough, a Middle River Republican, who last month called on Rawlings-Blake and O'Malley to use state police and declare the Inner Harbor a "no travel zone" in response to what he called "."

Brochin has distanced himself from what he said were McDonough's "racially-charged" statements, but agreed that the perception of his constituents is that the city is unsafe to visit.

Rawlings-Blake declined to address Brochin's comments Tuesday.

During her appearance on 98 Rock, Rawlings-Blake never mentioned McDonough or Brochin, but her comments were clearly directed at the two state legislators.

"I don't get fazed by hecklers, basically, who are sitting on the sidelines watching me turn the city around," Rawlings-Blake said. "I have a track record of improving public safety. I have a track record of fiscal responsibility in tough times and moving the city forward. None of them can speak to that."

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Edward V tindel June 09, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Edward Tindel people have short memories.the last time the state police assisted the bcpd,they were caught up in corruption on the block.im surprised, no one remembers the day the state police raided the block,got caught breaking the law with the strippers on the block.why would you want them to come back..The Sun reported Tuesday that three undercover officers are under investigation by state police internal affairsdetectives. According to interviews with workers on The Block and with state police, two officers solicited a prostitute in one of the bars and another spent the night in a hotel with a female bartender who was married to an owner of a bar targeted in the investigation. http://baltcitywaterbillingscam.renthandy.com/
Edward V tindel June 09, 2012 at 04:36 AM
yes they think we are very stupid.and we prove them correct every time we vote them back into office
Buck Harmon June 09, 2012 at 11:34 AM
That was an "under cover" investigation Edward....
Other Tim June 11, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Interesting article in today's Sun. Ocean City doubles its police force from the year-round 100 to a whopping 200 during the summer. The article says there are 350,000 people in Ocean City at any given time in the summer. Baltimore City has 600,000 people (less than double), and has 3,000 cops (15 times more). And Rawlings-Blake says there is no crime problem in Baltimore City?
Parkvillehoney June 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The only way Stephanie Rawlings Blake will see the reality of Baltimore City is if people STOP going to Baltimore City!! Money talks, bull**** walks. When businesses start to lose customers because patrons are afraid of their safety, these same businesses will DEMAND change. I think Baltimore City has a reputation as an unsafe city. Lets see how this Star Spangled Sailibration goes this weekend. I will be going to Martin's Airport on Saturday and Sunday and watch the festivities in Baltimore City on TV.


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