Is PG County Government trying to affect the Governor’s race?

I saw this in my facebook stream yesterday afternoon, and immediately wondered if this was even legal:

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The craziest part about this, is that the information attached to the little video in the facebook post is not correct. Last Sunday’s event was NOT a Candidate Forum, and the Gubernatorial Forum on Disability Issues was held at the National Federation for the Blind on Oct 9th in Baltimore, not Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro.

The event held at Henry Wise High was an Anthony Brown campaign event in which Obama spoke on behalf of Anthony Brown. The video is from the campaign event. The transcript of the video, as well as I can make it out is:

“(unintelligible) the systems failing. And these folks trying to make it harder to vote. This and That. There’s always a reason. You know what? There are no reasons. The future is (unintelligible). If you want better policies out of Washington, than you’ve got to vote for ’em. If you want better policies to continue in MD, than you’ve gotta vote for ’em. “

I’m not entirely sure this is legal, as I am new to Maryland, and not up on all of the election laws, so it is possible that no election laws have been broken.  However, it does not look kosher to have official county government pages posting video from a campaign event for the sitting Lt. Governor just 12 days out from the election, and the day before early voting starts.

Obama urges Mass. Governor to change the law

After Senator Ted “the Swimmer” Kennedy died, he left an open vote in the Senate.  Dude wasn’t even in the ground, and Obama was not only pushing for a replacement, but for the governor to change the law in Massachusetts so they could get a new guy in there faster.

A month after a White House spokesman labeled the issue a state matter, Patrick said he and Obama spoke about changing the law as they both attended Kennedy’s funeral in Boston last month. He also said White House aides have been in contact frequently ever since and pushing for the change so they can regain their filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

via FOXNews.com.

But here’s an interesting little nugget buried in this story – the law Obama wants changed ASAP, is one the Democrats changed in ’04.

Democrats changed the succession law in 2004 to create a five-month special election campaign and block then-Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, from naming a temporary replacement if Sen. John Kerry had won his presidential bid.

Seems a little fishy to try to change things again now, don’t you think?