Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Open Forum: Hoyer has what it takes to do the job

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Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has been a public servant for more than four decades. Throughout his tenure, at both the state and federal levels, his performance has been accompanied by the highest degree of professionalism, integrity and class. His approach has been one marked by dedication and genuine concern for the needs of his constituents, and he has embraced issues and problems with fervor and determination. His breadth of knowledge and his level of skill serve him well in facing the challenges that confront his region.

Hoyer’s passion and commitment to the public sector coupled with his amiable personality and genuine concern for people lends credence to his overall effectiveness in his role.

Hoyer has no need to worry about competition in the upcoming Democratic primary despite the fact that he faces a challenger, Mr. James P. Cusick Sr. The contrast of Mr. Cusick to Hoyer is a night and day difference. Cusick, who may get credit for having a lofty goal, cannot compare to Hoyer in any way, shape or form. He is a man who, on more than one occasion, has served jail time for failure to pay child support and for vandalizing the Maryland State House.

Cusick is an apparent self-styled renegade who seemingly wants attention and thinks he can make a difference in Maryland by his desire to significantly curtail the size of Patuxent River Naval Air Station or, if he had his wish, even eliminate it. His prior criminal record and the nature of his offenses demonstrate his obvious lack of responsible behavior. His defense of his irresponsible and adolescent type behavior do not bode well for a region that already has in place a well-respected politician.

Cusick may think he can give a Hoyer a run for his money but that is a bet that likely would not win on a table in Las Vegas. If anything, he can provide some comic relief resulting in a few chuckles, or maybe even a good belly laugh, amid the serious issues that Hoyer seriously confronts on a daily basis. Hoyer has what it takes to do the job, and he is a high caliber proven entity.

Karen L. Bune is an adjunct professor at George Mason and Marymount universities in Virginia. She is also a victim specialist in the state’s attorney’s office for Prince George’s County, but is not writing on behalf of the office.