Prince George’s County could use a pick-me-up.
Current County Executive Jack Johnson was just arrested, as was his wife Leslie, an incoming member of the county council. The federal corruption investigation that snared them looks likely to take down some other officials soon. The implications go beyond civic embarrassment.
The federal agents who've taken up temporary quarters in Prince George's homes and offices are sending signals to prospective employers around the region: Don't come here. And if you're the incoming county executive who promised to revive the economy and job growth, you can't have that.
Rushern Baker, who in early November won the race to succeed Johnson, finally commented on the scandal on Monday afternoon. In his statement, he avoided demonizing his predecessor and focused on rebuilding the county’s battered self-esteem.
“Prince George’s County remains the greatest jurisdiction for economic growth in this region,” he proclaimed.
Is much-maligned, often-mocked P.G. -- which sets its standard to simply be a ‘county of livable communities’ -- really tops in economic growth?