Rawlings-Blake: Votes Have Nothing To Do With Husband’s Job

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she’s done nothing wrong. Now the Baltimore Sun’s editorial board agrees. It sides against questions raised in a recent newspaper report involving the mayor, her husband and ethics.

Adam May has the latest twist at City Hall.

Rawlings-Blake responded to the Sun article and headline her staff calls “exaggerated.” It claims she voted on deals involving her husband’s employer.

“Let me be clear, not a single one of the routine items approved by the Board of Estimates since December has anything to do with my husband’s job,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Kent Blake was recently hired by Hopkins Community Physicians as a patient intake coordinator.

As he was scheduling appointments in a call center, the mayor did vote to approve grants for Johns Hopkins.

But according to a list of the grants obtained by WJZ, the $ 900,000 in question does not involve her husband’s direct employer. Instead most of the money is for HIV prevention and treatment.

The city solicitor is now reviewing the ethics code.  He also told our media partner, the Baltimore Sun, the mayor’s husband works for a separate legal entity than Johns Hopkins itself.

“While I’m waiting for a full briefing from the city solicitor, based on the votes I’ve taken, he sees no ethical lapse,” Rawlings-Blake said.

And now the Sun’s editorial board agrees.

Titled “No Conflict of Interest,” it writes the mayor has voted on a dozen contracts involving the sprawling entity that is Johns Hopkins, but none of them directly involve the branch her husband works for.

Editors also suggest the mayor could have avoided the issue if she had been open about her husband’s new job.

Rawlings-Blake has abstained from votes involving Community Physicians since December.

She’s waiting for the opinion from the city solicitor on how to proceed with future votes for Hopkins as a whole.

  • Michael

    Hmmm, isn’t this comparable to what her predecessor was caught up in? Got to love the self serving crooks in Baltimore politics (or all politicians in general).


    Baltimore City government = Bunch of criminals in business suits

    • Janet

      where were all you WHITE trash talkers when O’Malley was robbing the city please left Rawlings with a mess now she is fixin’ things up

      • johnjohn

        I was against him then as now, how does that grab you? Did you vote him in or re-elect him? I didn’t!!

      • whatnow

        Now we be talkin trash bout him as Guvna (this white trash talker just wanted to put it in a language you might understand, since you are making assumptions, I thought I would too!).

      • Bob

        What the hell is SRB fixing? Oh, I get it. She’s fixing to rob us just like her predecessors. And even if it is a conflict of interests the Board of Ethics is a fraud and has never ruled against a mayor. They didn’t rule against Dixon.

  • Don L

    Come on Stephanie. I dont live in Baltimore, but I route for you. You should know better to recuse your self before the media uncover seeming improprieties.
    We dont need excuses from our leaders. You got in that leadership position bcz there are people who trust you to make the right decision everytime.

    Its no joke, Ms Rawlings!

  • chris

    can they please get rid of this non speaking mayor. the whole city government need to be revamped

  • JIM


  • Young Blackman

    Blacks Stand up and stop Voting for these people who attack our African America leaders . When they do private deals it for the good of the USA but when we do it it’s a Crime.

    • Josh S

      Haha wow! This comment alone proves the clear point that uneducated and ignorant people should not have the right to vote. No one should vote on the premises of color or gender. The more young adults, black, whites, whomever that use this method will continue to send our state and country into a black hole of debt and corrupt politicians. We need an average Joe to clean house and run this state for the people… Not just for one race, gender, etc. Small businesses run this state and politicians like Blake who continually award millions of dollars of our money to large corporations, to fill her pockets, will keep putting the small man out of business and send unemployment right back up. I just dont understand how people can actually support her or our government!

    • Commonsense

      word up yo. down with whitey.

    • Bob

      You must have attended Baltimore Public Schools. Only they could produce someone as ignorant as you are. BTW, I am a middle aged Black man.

  • cms827

    Young Blackman that is the stupidest remark I have ever heard…..the one before her you know Steala Dixon stole gift cards from who else the people that loved her the most the black people….they are all crooks black or white they don’t care about you or anyone else they all want there pockets lined!!!

  • B

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty????? Hmmmmm, I’m just sayin.

  • Charles

    How many of us would vote not to fund John’s Hopkin’s? Isn’t this the best hospital in the world? Let’s weigh in on “Steala Dixon” vs Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – “Steala” was after personal gain directly to her wardrobe, pockets and travel – Stephanie is funding for the greater good of potentially the world’s health. Think of what society will gain from Stephanie’s “Ethic’s Violation” (which can and is always subjective) and what we got from “Steala”. Think about how society will look at this “Ethic’s Violation” 90 years from now. Remember not long ago it was unethical to have people of color use the same bathroom as whites or drink from the same water fountain. Funny how time changes perspective and “Ethics”

    • Maddy

      Agree! Greatly said!

    • Kim

      It doesn’t matter a conflict is a confllict there are enought people to vote on what ever it is that her vote was not needed. She needed to step back and let others vote.

  • More of the Same

    Whether Stephanie is right or wrong, it really doesnt matter…IMO I think she has done a much better job than Sheila Dixon, however…EVERYONE in Baltimore politics is corrupt on some level…from the everyday Police walking beats all the way to City Hall…this city is the a$$hole of America.

  • Debbie Ann

    STOP PLAYING THE BLACK CARD and open your eyes! those people set themselves up. lets see, ms dixon was caught STEALING and the great mr.barry was caught on tape smoking CRACK oh but thats right they were set up, GET REAL open your eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kim

    I think all poloticians should be required to take a class. Conflict of Interest 101. How stupid can you be. How can she think in any shape or form that this was ok.

  • Baltimorebob

    Well like we are dumb or what you no she is guilty so stop all the bull….. And get her out of there truly not fair dam when is all this going to stop and just think she is doing what othets have done you need a good swifrt kick in the asss and also you should lose everything and pack your bags and get out of baltumore now

    • johnjohn

      You said all of that in one sentence, but I have no idea what you said!

  • debbie

    stop biting

  • do little

    anybody got the time

  • Bmore Matt

    A Mayor in Baltimore recusing them self from matters deal with John Hopkins better have a good hobby because they will have a lot of spare time. Hopkins Is the largest employer in the area and covers so many different fields, SRB has made the correct decision in only removing herself from dealings with her Husbands department.

  • Wisdom

    Another pilot to destroy the BLACK woman.

    • Commonsense

      What kind of Pilot?

  • Bonnie

    Stephanie is doing a great job running the city. There have been great initiatives since, she has became Mayor. Way to go Steph!

  • Janet

    who allows White trash to post this nonsense on the site

  • Tonya

    where was all the losers @ when O’Malley was robbin’ the city, left Rawlings with a mess to fix up … the woman is handling herself in a respectful manner and haters are hating ….

    • johnjohn

      You seem to forget there was STEALA DIXON between them. I agree Stephanie is doing a much better job than the two previous.

  • Geri

    The article did not say that Mrs.Rawlings-Blake took any money or anything for herself; the article is referring to the fact that she voted on something that involved her husband via his employment or association with Johns Hopkins. If that is the case, to keep from the very appearance of wrong-doing, she should have removed herself. Perhaps she did not feel that she was breaking any laws. Does it say in the handbook of mayors what they can and cannot vote on? Even with the corruption that we hear about in politics and just about every other occupation there is, not all people are the same, you cannot lump all of the clay in the same pot. I was sorry about the downfall of Ms. Dixon. I watched this lady work her way up to that office and believed she would run for governor of this state. We also need to remember that we were never given the opportunity to hear the entire story; Ms. Dixon never testified on her own behalf. What she did was wrong and you can say whatever you feel you need to say about her but she knew the city inside and out. Please take the time to fully read these articles before spewing your venom. He/she who does everything in their lives right one hundred percent of the time, cast the first stone!

  • Herman Glimsher

    what inappropriate comments??

  • Michael Black

    I can’t believe how corrupt the blacks are in Baltimore City and their ignorance and arrogance toward the law. It amazes me Dixon was not charged with ethic violations for giving her ex-boyfriend the biggest contract in Baltimore history. As long as the candidate for mayor is black, the blacks who are the MAJORITY in Baltimore but get minority status for jobs will vote for them. The MTA service sucks, many of the drivers are extremely rude to passengers, they pass by people at bus stops, they do not keep to the schedule, and many of the drivers are obese beyond your wildest jenny craig imagination. Where is the GROWTH in Baltimore? When I go to any City agency the blacks are sitting on their ass playing video games. The blacks milk their jobs to get free money from the goverment. Most are not that educated, they do not like whites and they are , and have been letting Baltimore City turn more and more into looking like the ghetto because they are to frigging lazy, obese, and uneducated to do their jobs, and the white goverment are too scared to get rid of these lazy ghetto blacks ruining this beautiful city acting like everyone OWES THEM!!!!!!! IT IS TIME TO GET PEOPLE IN THE CITY GOVERMENT WHO ARE ACTUALLY WILLING TO WORK FOR THEIR PAYCHECKS AND GET THIS CITY BACK ON TRACK!!!!!

  • petfriend

    Apparantly many of you just like to rant and didn’t even bother to read the article. It clearly states that she has done nothing wrong. Her husband does not work for the part of Hopkins this had anything to do with and there is no benefit to him or her…only to the citizens of Baltimore who may be striken with HIV and other problems that these funds address. This was just another expample of media jumping in and making statements before checking their facts, then quietly retracting their statements. Whatever happened to real journalism, where you checked all the facts before you published? This type of trash just breeds more hatred and devisiveness when it is least needed.

  • Ronald G Miner Jr

    When youse owns da city, youse can dooze what ya wants..

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