SRB: ‘I’m Not Going to Resign’

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, video still via nextcity.org

For the second time this summer, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake went on the radio to hold forth on the issues of the day. SRB found that being a caller on 98 Rock’s morning show is a way to get her message out. (The Baltimore Sun has the clip.)

While it’s just as interesting to hear 98 Rock DJs grill the mayor with thoughtful questions then pivot back to the usual commentary, the attention was on the mayor’s statements. Rawlings-Blake was asked directly if it bothers her that people are calling on her to resign amid a spike in murders following the spring’s unrest.

“We’re working on it everyday looking for new resources to bring to [the crime] fight and we’re going to continue to do that. But I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to resign. That’s not what Baltimoreans do. When times get tough we hunker down and get busy and that’s what I’m doing.”

Rawlings-Blake was also asked about Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to close the Baltimore City Detention Center men’s jail.

“While I certainly would’ve appreciated a little more heads up, I cert don’t expect the governor to ask me if it’s okay for him to take action as a governor,” she said.



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