Del. Jon S. Cardin, who has been leading in the polls for Maryland attorney general, issued a statement Thursday citing commitment to his family in response to a report that he missed 75 percent of his committee votes in Annapolis this year.
In the 344-word statement, Cardin (D-Baltimore County) did not directly take issue with the story in Wednesday’s Baltimore Sun, although he said that over the course of his 12 years in public service, he had “a nearly 100 percent attendance record in both committee and on the House floor.”
Cardin, who serves on the Ways and Means Committee in Annapolis, said he was “proud to have just completed the most successful legislative session of my career” and that he missed no crucial votes.
However, he acknowledged that he had missed some votes, saying: “While I spent my days serving all of Maryland families in Annapolis, I also have a responsibility to my own family — and there were nights where I needed to be home with my expecting wife and our young daughter. I don’t regret making that choice.”
Cardin’s frequent absences were criticized in the Sun story by both of his Democratic rivals for attorney general, Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montomgery) and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s).
“As my opponents find themselves down in the polls and anxious for attention, I fully expect these political attacks to continue,” Cardin said in Thursday’s statement. “But they’ll find that many Maryland families are just like mine — with busy parents working to balance their professional responsibilities and family responsibilities, wishing there were more hours in the day.”