A government watchdog group said Thursday that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has politicized invitations to her office's Ravens skybox, and urged her to include more working-class residents.
"The mayor has made the choice to turn this into a political skybox and not the people's skybox," said Susan Wichmann, the director of Common Cause Maryland. "We call on the mayor, going forward, to use the skybox to highlight good work being done by people in the city. There's no reason why she couldn't invite the firefighters and the police officers and the good students and the teachers."
The stadium was built with $200 million in public financing, and the offices of the mayor and governor were given premium skyboxes as part of the lease agreement for the stadium in 1995.
O'Doherty said skybox tickets were not intended as a reward for campaign donations or political support, adding that the mayor invites people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
I really don't care about the political games the mayor played with the seating in the sky box. The issue is, why the city of Baltimore continues to have a sky box in the first place? Especially since the current mayor won't pay a judgement against the city to lead paint victims. In fact, one set of lawyers have confiscated city property to settle the judgement!