May 18, 2010

Dems Have Candidate For Clerk of Circuit Court

I got an email from a new candidate running as a Democrat for the Clerk of the Circuit Court by the name of Jason Reddish and has set up a new website. The current Clerk of the Circuit Court, Republican Marge Rappaport, is running again for re-election. Marge Rappaport managed to escape the Democratic tide in 2006, winning her race over Democrat Leslie Cale by a 53%-47% margin and has been elected since 1990 despite the Democratic shift in the county over the past 20 years..

I’ve never quite understood why this position, like the Judge of the Orphans’ Court and Register of Wills, are still elected on a partisan basis instead of on a non-partisan basis like the Board of Education. I think it does a great disservice to these positions since so many people tend to just vote party line anyway and by the time most voters, sadly, get down to these positions on the ballot, chances are a lot of the voters will just vote for whomever represents their particular party. Let’s face it, most people don’t have a clue who the Clerk of the Circuit Court or these other positions even are. Then again, the fact that Rappaport has managed to win election after election despite Democrats winning countywide for County Executive is a testament to Rappaport’s strength.

May 14, 2010

Another Candidate For District 13 State Senate

I had alluded to this in my previous post about the Lincoln Day Dinner, but purposely left out the name since I was not exactly sure how public it was supposed to be and whether the candidate was ready to go public. Today I got an email from his campaign publicizing his new Facebook page and website. In District 13, the Republicans will have a contested primary for the State Senate as Jody Venkatesan has enter the race for State Senate. He has a website started here, but there is not a lot of information included on it yet. You will be better off getting information at his Facebook page here.

Kyle Lorton has also been running for State Senate since last summer and his website can be found here and his Facebook page can be found here.

I don’t know either of them personally. I have met Kyle many times at various Republican events and know he has put a lot of effort into the campaign so far. My interaction with Jody has been limited to handshakes, so I personally can’t tell you much more about him.

April 30, 2010

Murphy Loses Running Mate

I saw this posted from someone on Facebook last night and now Brian Murphy’s own Facebook page has the news. Brian Murphy, who is challenging Bob Ehrlich in the Republican primary for Governor, announced that Carmen Amedori was going to be his running a mere two weeks ago. Two weeks later, she is already off the ticket.

Just got home from a Baltimore YR event – as you may have seen, Carmen has left the ticket. We will issue a formal press release tomorrow, but rest assured Maryland’s needs have not changed, and neither has my resolve to address them.

Good grief, not a real good start to a campaign for someone trying to challenge a former Governor for the nomination. It’s going to be hard to really take this challenge too seriously when he lost he lost his own running mate a mere two weeks after she had agreed to be on the ticket. Hard to tell whether it was her decision or his. I guess I will see if I can get any more news this weekend about this at the Maryland Republican Convention….

April 20, 2010

Candidate Sighting: Kyle Lorton

I just so happened to see Republican State Senate candidate Kyle Lorton out on the side of Broken Land Parkway with a campaign volunteer sign waving to the passing motorists.

Kyle’s website can be found here.

April 17, 2010

Murphy Picks Amedori For Running Mate

So much for that US Senate run by Carmen Amedori. It wasn’t a month ago I was getting emails from Carmen Amedori telling me to add her name to the Maryland PollWatch page on the National Hedgehog Report website. I also had added her to the Howard County Republican Central Committee website. Now, Brian Murphy has chosen her as his running mate for the gubernatorial election against Bob Ehrlich

HoCoRising seems to think he is going to be a thorn in Ehrlich’s side and force Ehrlich to the right. I would have to disagree, I think he will basically be an also ran who will try to get some press but will basically be ignored once Ehrlich gets fully engaged. Don’t get me wrong, and I may be in the minority among the party faithful, but I like when there are primary races for any office. So I am not going to be trying to diminish his right to run or his candidacy. But my guess is Bob Ehrlich is going to basically ignore Murphy through the entire primary campaign and predict there will be no actual debates between Ehrlich and Murphy (or whomever else wants to jump in). My prediction is Murphy won’t get more than 20% in the primary, and that is because even minor candidates manage to get a small percentage of the primary vote no matter who the frontrunner is.

April 14, 2010

Gov: Murphy To Announce Running Mate Friday

I just an email from the Brian Murphy for Governor campaign indicating he will be holding conference Friday at 4:30pm where he says he will announce his Lt. Governor candidate that will run on his ticket. What I found interesting were the names of the people who will be joining him, according to the email.

Brian will be joined by: Jim Pelura, Former MD GOP Chairman; Charles Lollar, Candidate for U.S. Congress; Carmen Amedori, Candidate for U.S. Senate; Jerry Walker, Candidate for Anne Arundel County Council; Eric Cary, Candidate for State Senate; Stephen Wright, Candi­date for Harford County Executive

Now I guess this doesn’t necessarily mean these other candidates for ohter offices are supporting Murphy over Ehrlich in the primary, but I am sure a lot of people will come to that conclusion….

The email indicates the conference will be held at 4:30pm on Lawyers’ Mall in Annapolis, MD

April 13, 2010

Ehrlich, O’Malley Coming To Howard County

It looks like the Gubernatorial race for Maryland is starting early as Both Martin O’Malley and Bob Ehrlich will be in Howard County two days apart in about three weeks. It will start with an appearance by Ehrlich at the Republican’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner on May 11th. Then two days later, according to the email just sent out by the Howard County Democrats, Martin O’Malley will be the guest speaker at the annual Democratic dinner.

Ehrlich won Howard County in 2002 and ended up being elected Governor. O’Malley won Howard County in 2006 and ended up being elected Governor. My guess is we will be seeing more of both as the year goes on….

April 9, 2010

A Republican Challenger for Ehrlich?

Well the first HCRC First Friday Happy Hour since the news of Bob Ehrlich entering the gubernatorial race is over and, not surprisingly, the bumper stickers were being distributed to anyone and everyone who wanted one. I got mine.

But what what was unexpected, to me at least, is there was another bumper sticker available for someone else, which I also picked up.

Who the heck is Brian Murphy? Well apparently he is someone who has decided to challenge Bob Ehrlich in the Republican primary for Governor and actually showed up at the Happy Hour and was making his rounds and introducing himself. Now I don’t think he has much of a chance since most Republicans seem already invested in Bob Ehrlich despite his late start in the race, but I guess anyone who wants can throw their hat in the ring and make a go of it. Brian Murphy has a website here if you want to know more. One side note and advice for Brian Murphy, the older gentleman working for Murphy in charge of passing out his palm cards probably needs a little lesson in tactfulness and civility. Walking around the room and shoving the palm cards at people without even an attempt at a verbal exchange probably is not going to help to get people to warm to Murphy’s campaign….

An Excuse To Party

It’s that time of month again – The Howard County Republican Club First Friday Happy Hour. Of course it really is the Second Friday Happy Hour because the “First Friday” happened to be Good Friday and I believe Republicans did not want to hold a party on Good Friday for the fear that someone might mention the word “Jesus” and end up offending Shane Pendergrass. Today’s Happy Hour will be a “multi-club” event with clubs from many other counties coming to town. The event will be held at Mangia’s in Woodbine and if the crowd last month when there was technically only one club hosting is any indication, the crowd will probably be spilling out into the street this time.

Also, check out the new fresh coat of paint that the HCRC has done with their website. Not bad.

April 7, 2010

Debating The Debates

This is almost humorous but is telling how nasty this upcoming Maryland gubernatorial campaign is going to go. Yesterday I saw this item on Bob Ehrlich’s Facebook page which he then almost added to his website.

Statement from Bob Ehrlich Tuesday, April 6, 2010

“We welcome Governor O’Malley to the Kendel and Bob Show this Saturday on WBAL Radio 1090 AM in Baltimore. We will host the governor from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a one-time discussion on our show. I look forward to playing host this Saturday as I have every Saturday for the past few years. Rather than bringing in a moderator to fill air time, I will personally host Governor O’Malley for a one-on-one conversation about the record tax increases, job losses, and budget deficits that have hurt Maryland families and small businesses in recent years. I look forward to a civil conversation about the challenges facing our state.”

This was followed up with this statement from Bob Ehrlich.

“Governor O’Malley has declined my offer of a one hour, one-on-one discussion on the ‘Kendel and Bob Show’ on WBAL Radio this Saturday. A great way for Marylanders to learn about our respective visions for the future is with a simple one hour discussion between the two of us on the airwaves. Sadly, he appears to disagree. Nonetheless, the offer for this Saturday stands.”

I thought – whatever. These “pre-debates” never really happen anyway even though both sides always claim they want to have full open debates. The only thing we always end up with is the scripted debates weeks before an election moderated by some left-wing newspaper journalist that really never provide any new information or real debate at all. So then today, martin O’Malley sends out an email with this statement.

Since Ehrlich’s entry is coming so late in the election, I proposed kicking the campaign off with an hour-long debate this Saturday morning on Maryland’s future broadcasted by WBAL radio. There are so many important issues facing our state right now. I think the Maryland public deserves to hear about our plans and ideas as soon as possible.
We made it really simple for Mr. Ehrlich. We offered to do it during the “Bob and Kendel Show,” at a time he was available, on his radio station, in the studio he uses, with moderators from his station.

And he still turned us down.

Whether Bob Ehrlich thinks he’s ready to debate the issues yet or not, our offer stands. We’re ready and waiting to compare our records and our plans to move Maryland forward.

Now I was confused. I started with the news that Bob Ehrlich claims he opened up an offer have a discussion with Martin O’Malley on his local radio show and then claimed O’Malley turned him down. Then I get news from O’Malley claiming Ehrlich turned HIM down. How can both possibly be true? Turns out, as usual, the debate is over the debate and The Baltimore Sun indicates the real issue is whether there would be a moderator or not. O’Malley wanted a moderator while Ehrlich just wanted a one-on-one discussion. Personally, I would prefer Ehrlich’s approach and i am not saying that just because I support him. There is nothing worse than a preening moderator injecting his/her opinion into a debate.

On a side note, I do find it laughable that Ehrlich is still hosting his radio show even though he is all but declared as a candidate. Apparently since he is not officially a candidate until July, he can still do a radio show on public airwaves until then. But then again, Martin O’Malley has his own stenographers disguised as “reporters” at The Baltimore Sun, so all is fair….