Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s opponents have taken the legal steps to form a super PAC, in an effort to give the city’s top prosecutor a run for her money in 2018.
On May 17, Bmore Safe Now PAC, a political action committee, was registered with the Maryland State Board of Elections. An attack ad called “Change starts at the top” appeared on the group’s website just last week. The ad lasted 18 seconds and places emphasis on Baltimore’s surging homicide rate since Marilyn Mosby took office.
“Mosby’s unethical behavior, naked ambition and dangerous inexperience, has allowed innumerable violent repeat offenders to wreak havoc on our great city,” the PAC’s website reads.Melba Saunders, a spokeswoman for Mosby’s office, said in an email, “The people of Baltimore … understand that the city is facing an unprecedented surge in violent crime and homicides and it will take much more than attack ads from wealthy lawyers to stem the tide.
“These type of attacks are insulting to the people of Baltimore who wake up every day committed to making our city better.”
The group, which includes former prosecutors, defense attorneys, community members and law enforcement, represents innumerable interests with a common goal of opposing Marilyn Mosby, a defense attorney and spokesman for Bmore Safe Now Joshua Insley said.
“There’s going to be some strange bedfellows,” he said.
Insley suggests Mosby’s actions do not match her comments on criminal justice reform. He also implies that her presence has led to disarray in the state’s attorney’s office.
“Basically we’re going to show how the sausage is made, expose the truth regarding the public statements of the office versus the reality of what is going on in court,” he said. “We’re countering the false narrative that Marilyn Mosby is somewhat of a populist.”
In the State of Maryland, a super PAC can legally accept contributions with no monetary limitations from unions, individuals and corporations, but cannot give money to or be affiliated with candidates.
Attorney Charles N. Curlett and Attorney Ivan Bates are considering a run for Baltimore State’s Attorney. Bates, 48, previously formed a candidate committee.