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Baker wants to move Pr. George's County forward

Tuesday - 5/17/2011, 4:56pm  ET

Darci Marchese, wtop.com

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. - On the heels of Jack Johnson pleading guilty Tuesday to federal charges of extortion and witness and evidence tampering, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants to move the county forward.

"Our obligation at this point is to restore the community trust," Baker said in a two-minute statement following Johnson's guilty plea. "As I have said many times since taking charge, we are moving forward."

Baker says he will make sure the people of Prince George's County receive a county they deserve. He says the news does not reflect badly on the residents or the workers in the county.

He says he is proud to be county executive and mistakes of the past will not occur.

"We have made appropriate moves to clean up our process. We will aim high," he said.

What about Leslie Johnson, who's currently a Prince George's County council woman? Baker says the legal process will continue just as it has with her husband, Jack Johnson. He wouldn't say what he hopes Leslie will do next. But says it's his job to work with the current council members, to do the work of the county.

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