Best Out of Touch: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Il Mayore has long shown ambition outside the city. The president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors spent 73 days outside the city in 2013, a Sun analysis found. But in the weeks leading up to and after the riot of April 27, Rawlings-Blake has seemed a tail to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s dog. When Mosby announced charges against the six officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death, Rawlings-Blake seemed surprised (a spokesman said she was not caught off guard). She pushed for the curfew to be lifted a day before it was, but was overruled by Gov. Hogan. And Rawlings-Blake’s public statements during and after the uprising seemed pat and uninspiring—when they weren’t gaffes like using the word “thug” or saying the police gave vandals room “to destroy.” Her recent decision to not run for re-election seems like an admission that she just doesn’t get it.

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