One of two plaintiffs who brought suit last month against the Maryland State Board of Elections as well as Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and his running mate Howard County Executive Ken Ulman previously accused Brown’s campaign of voter intimidation.Casey A. Jenkins, chef and owner of Darker than Blue Cafe on Greenmount Avenue, also reportedly had a run-in with Brown during a campaign event at Waverly Middle School in which Jenkins attempted to “shout down” the lieutenant governor.
Jenkins and Michael T. Brown of Randallstown are plaintiffs in a lawsuit [subscriber access] seeking to prevent Ulman from being able to raise money for the gubernatorial campaign during the 90-day General Assembly session even as state law restricts Brown from doing so.
Statewide office holders including Brown and Attorney General Douglas Gansler and all 188 members of the state legislature are barred from raising money during the session.
A Maryland State Board of Elections opinion issued last month claimed that one running mate on a gubernatorial ticket can continue to raise money even if state law bars the other from doing so during the session.
Gansler and his running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey, are both prohibited from fundraising while Ulman can continue soliciting donations on behalf of his campaign with Brown.
Daniel M. Clements, who is himself a supporter and campaign contributor to Gansler, represents both Jenkins and Brown. He described both men as supporters of Gansler.
Jenkins can be seen in a Nov. 12 photo with Gansler. The photo was posted to Jenkins’ Facebook page.
In August, Jenkins told Doni Glover of Bmorenews.com that Brown sent a campaign staffer to his store to video record people entering a meeting to discuss ex-offender re-entry into communities. The event was organized in coordination with Gansler, who is opposing Brown in the Democratic primary for governor.
Glover, who is off camera, asks Jenkins if he thinks the actions of Brown’s campaign in August amounted to voter intimidation.
“From my standpoint, I think that it is,” Jenkins told Glover in a video interview.
“Why would [Brown] who is running for governor, have a man out here taking pictures and video of license plates and people that are exiting someone who is running for governor. I don’t know, it sounds a little fishy to me.”
Jenkins was also involved in an incident in which he reportedly attempted to disrupt a May 11 campaign event held by Brown on the grounds of Waverly Middle School.
Hassan Giordano of DMVDaily wrote that Jenkins was present at the event and “chose to voice his disapproval of the policies of the O’Malley/Brown administration by addressing issues he felt were flat out ignored over the past seven years.”
“I’m a voting citizen and small business owner in this state, and the issues I face as a black-owned business owner in Baltimore have been consistently ignored by the governor, lieutenant governor and his staff,” says Jenkins, who says he was just plain fed up with the lies and consistent rebuffs of this administration regarding real issues black-owned business leaders face in this state. “Here is an administration that refuses to adequately fund this state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities for education while giving Towson State $300,000 for sports and $2 million for a stadium, and with a Brown election we continue with these shameful policies; not to mention their blatant ignorance to the struggles black owned businesses and citizens face on a daily basis!”
A spokesman for the Brown-Ulman campaign declined to comment.