Candidate message does not address issues impacting Baltimore County constituents
Johnny O refuses interview with The Baltimore Post
Below is a copy of Mr. Olszewski’s reason stating why he is running for Baltimore County Executive. The statement was taken from the Facebook site related to –Friends John Olszewski:
WHY I’M RUNNING
My entire life has been rooted in Baltimore County. Growing up, I could hear the blast furnace at Bethlehem Steel, where many of my neighbors earned an honest living. My parents and my community instilled in me the values of hard work, giving back to the community, family
“I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I witnessed firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family.”
After being the first in my family to earn a college degree, I returned home to Dundalk to be a social studies and special education teacher at Patapsco High School. I saw firsthand how kids struggled to learn because they were hungry or in sweltering classroom heat.
So I ran for office — to reverse the decades of decline — representing southeast Baltimore County in the state legislature for nine years, where I worked to improve education, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders.
“As a new father, I am focused on our future. That’s why I’m running for Baltimore County Executive. I will be an Executive who will not wait to do big things.”
My friends, my family, and anyone who knows me calls me Johnny O. You should too, because relationship is the basic ingredient for progress, and as we fight for a Better Baltimore County together, you will get to know me.
Our efforts to engage Johnny O in a interview went south after we received a letter from Mr. David Janiszewski.
Now, back to Johnny O’s campaign statement; let’s take a closer look at what it reveals about the candidate.
This is the first troubling statement from Mr. Olszewski:
“After being the first in my family to earn a college degree, I returned home to Dundalk to be a social studies and special education teacher at Patapsco High School. I saw firsthand how kids struggled to learn because they were hungry or in sweltering classroom heat.”
The answer to the question is as follows: as a legislator, Mr. Olsewski was granted leave from his teaching job in order to attend the sessions in Annapolis,which consumed approximately six months during the school year. Therefore, during those years the candidate was not a full-time teacher.
The issue of Mr. Olszewski’s tenure as a state delegate representing the 6th District draws into question more issues, such as his use of the following quote: “sweltering classroom heat.”
We all know that the heat issue in our schools was persistent over a long period of time. It wasn’t until the community rose up and demanded that the lack of AC in our schools be dealt with, which forced the county government to act. Even as this column is being written, there are still schools in Baltimore County that are without AC. In addition, the crumbling infrastructure, as we pointed out in one particular article, was appalling.
What is misleading about Johnny O’s statement is that a lot of the issues that impact Baltimore County today occurred during his watch. One of those issues is described below in a short video:
Courtesy of YouTube
The decline of Dundalk did not happen overnight. The current and previous county executives played a major role, as did Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, whose liberal and progressive leadership rules brought about the rapid decline of Dundalk and the entire 6th District.
Beyond what we have pointed out as a statement or agenda lacking in specifics, here are some additional areas Johnny O needs to address: bond debt, infrastructure issues (e.g., roadways, schools, and bridges), corporate welfare, just to name a few.
Sadly, this is the typical polished response of a professional politician who cannot and will not face the issues squarely staring him in the face. One would think that even the most recent crisis involving the education of our children would be mentioned in Johnny O’s statement. However, the violence in our schools does not seem important enough to mention in the diatribe about why Johnny O deserves our vote and trust to become the next Baltimore County Executive.
The Post will continue its coverage of the candidates running to determine the future of Baltimore County. Stay tuned.