An interesting piece of information made it across my desk this morning…well, actually it made into my email inbox, but you know what I mean. It came from David Craig’s gubernatorial campaign and it was the Craig Camp’s announcement that the campaign had gotten one Steven J. Salamon to be its Campaign Finance Chairman.
That’s quite a coup for David Craig.
Of course, considering the similarity in last names, I immediately thought of that old adventure novel, King Solomon’s Mines about the search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers. And, of course, I also saw a fitting similarity between that story and Steve Salamon’s having assumed the role of Craig’s Finance Chairman and how he’d likely be searching for unexplored regions of money to be donated to David Craig’s efforts.
Now, for the record, I know Steve Salamon – not that well, mind you – but I do know him from the two of us having worked on past campaigns together for Congressman and Governor Bobby Ehrlich – as well as in the Ehrlich Administration where Salamon was appointed to the Health Care Commission at pretty much the beginning of Ehrlich’s Administration.
Like I said, I know Steve Salamon and I like him. Quite a bit, actually, so this should take the wind out of anyone who says I badmouth and or blast anyone who’s ever worked with or for MD’s former Governor.
Anyway, in making his announcement today of having scooped up Salamon, David Craig said, “There is no one better to take over the reins of our finance operation at this critical juncture as the General Assembly is a month away from adjourning and our campaign moves forward full speed ahead, “ said Craig. Candidate Craig added, that as he and his LG candidate Jeannie Haddaway bounce around the state that they “now have a trusted professional who can help us raise the funds to get our message out.”
Indeed, they do.
In addition to having just been tapped to be Craig’s Finance Chairman, Salamon has been a policy adviser on implementing the Affordable Care Act, allowing the Craig campaign to develop solutions to reduce the effects of the disastrously f*cked up implementation of the law in Maryland. And he led the campaign decision making process in accepting public financing. And on the public financing front, I’ve got to say this – as far as I know, the money used by those gubernatorial candidates who’d opted to go that route is not forcibly taken from the taxpayers. It is donated to a fund by the taxpayers. So, if certain taxpayers are dumb enough to give it, I don’t blame any candidate for taking it.
In response to his being chosen, Salamon says, “David Craig is leading the policy agenda in the GOP primary with bold proposals to cut the income tax and improve the implementation of health care reform in Maryland.” He added that, “Serving as Maryland’s governor is not an entry level position.”
Now, please don’t take this post as an endorsement. All I’m trying to say here is that David Craig deserves praise for his pick for Campaign Finance Chairman. In the wake of Dick Hug’s demise, there’s not a lot of really good choices out there. But, in picking Steve Salamon, Craig tapped a good guy. A determined guy. And a smart guy.
No doubt about it.