Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s), who was the subject of a lengthy ethics inquiry that resulted in a censure by his colleagues and a $10,000 penalty, said in an interview Friday that he plans to seek re-election next year.
“It has not been a difficult choice,” said Currie, who said he had been urged by his constituents to run again.
In 2011, Currie was found not guilty on all charges in a federal corruption case in which prosecutors had accused him of taking more than $245,000 in bribes from two grocery chain executives in exchange for government favors.
Currie maintained the payments from Shoppers Food Warehouse — which he failed to disclose on state ethics forms for five years — were part of a legitimate consulting arrangement.
After his acquittal, Currie’s case was examined by a legislative ethics committee, a process that led to a unanimous vote by the Senate last year to censure him for ethical lapses that came to light during the trial.