For the most part, Brochin votes the way a majority of his constituents favor. Anyone willing to vote the will of his constituency is okay by me.
I love how the Fire Fighters union has held back on endorsing Brochin, not because his voting record is out of whack or because his conduct is off base, but because they don't know who he's endorsing for Baltimore County Executive. Should that really matter? Brochin is State Senator for the 42nd District, not a pol for county government. Now that the union has backed Councilman Joe Bartenfelder, their hesitation reeks of strong arming. Or maybe it's just a reaction to The Teachers Association and Laborer's Union endorsements of rival Councilman Kevin Kamenetz.
It'll be interesting to see whether a fire fighters endorsement for Brochin is contingent upon taking sides.
One thing Brochin and I strongly agree upon: 2008 was the last time we'll ever trust a presidential candidate. Too much has happened to sink the message of hope floated by the Obama campaign. If I knew then what I know now ... well ... let's leave that for another election.