Last night (Saturday), I learned a little about MD State Senator Ed Kasemeyer…who’s been “representing” and pillaging MD’s 12th District in Annapolis since 1995. Why do I add “and pillaging?”
Glad you asked.
I write “and pillaging” because from between 2007-2010 Kasemeyer was the Vice Chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. And, from 2011 to this present day, he’s the Chairman of that same committee. My point being, raise all the Hell you want about Governor O’Malley’s spending and tax increases…but save some of your vitriol for Mr. Kasemeyer as well. After all, if Kasemeyer can be called “powerful” for sitting in oversight of the Budget and Taxation Committee, well, he can also accept his part of the blame…
Of course, the joy of being Ed Kasemeyer doesn’t stop there because, you see, he’s married to a lobbyist. His wife, Pam, an attorney for the law firm of Schwartz, Metz and Wise has…oh, Hell, I’ll let the first sentence of her company bio tell the story, “Pam Kasemeyer has represented a variety of interests before the Maryland General Assembly and regulatory agencies for more than 25 years.”
I bet the Kasemeyers share some interesting “pillow talk” the nights before good old Pam Kasemeyer heads down to Annapolis to do some “representing” of her own, don’t you think? I mean, seriously, the chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee’s married to a lobbyist…
And, where did I learn such nuggets about Ed Kasemeyer, like that his wife is a lobbyist? Why, at the announcement of Republican Jesse Pippy that he is going to run against Kasemeyer for Senate this year.
Now, Jesse Pippy didn’t mention any of the above in his announcement speech, which was delivered before a fairly crowded house at his home, but rather, I heard it from some of those in attendance.
Billing the announcement kick off as a “low-key” event shared between family and friends, Pippy did do some humorous comparing about the similarities he shares with Kasemeyer, however. Like the fact that the year Kasemeyer first got elected to the House of Delegates (1982) was the year Jesse Pippy was born – that sort of thing.
And, after Jesse’s speech, I found myself hanging out with a number of friends old and new…and even playing beer pong (my side lost a very close game). So, it was a good time – and one that shows great ingenuity on Jesse Pippy’s part.
By great ingenuity, I mean that mid-month, most months, Hillary Foster Pennington, Pippy’s fundraiser, hosts little political gatherings at her place. In fact, she had initially set out to host one last night – and had even sent out invites. Well, Pippy latched onto the event and transformed the beginning of that into last night’s announcement. He probably picked up at least 10-15 more people by doing that: Ingenuity.
Now, taking on Ed Kasemeyer is not an easy task, and Pippy to his credit seems well aware of that. But, he and his fiancée Lindsey both seem to be very gung-ho to give it their best shot – and, for Heaven’s sake, I can’t recall the last time I saw such a breathtakingly attractive political couple.
(Lindsey Carpenter and Jesse Pippy….what soap opera set did they just walk off of?)
And, it’s a damned good thing that Pippy is taking this shot. The last thing the MDGOP needs to do is sit on its ass and let Kasemeyer run without any form of competition.
Lastly, last night, there was a lot of talk about base votes in the district, the percentages needed to do this, that or the other, yada, yada, yada… Generally speaking, the consensus was reached that if Pippy did NOTHING but file for election and went to sleep between now and November of this year, he would still get 40% of the vote. If true, what that means is that all he’s really working for is to shift 11% of the vote his way – or one out of every nine people.
One out of nine people: With proper targeting, that’s doable.
And, if the MDGOP rank and file membership doesn’t start looking at what is doable and vote and act accordingly, well, they’ll continue to bask in a broth of muck of its own making. (Rant over)
Other attendees at Jesse Pippy’s announcement last night included: Gordon Bull, candidate for Delegate in District 12, Al Nalley the VP of the Patapsco Valley Republican Club, Hillary Pennington the President of Strategic Victory Consulting…to name but a few.
Get to work – and take Kasemeyer out. Hey, if you want things to change, you’ve got to replace the real troublemakers and problems they present. As pointed out above, Kasemeyer is a troublemaker and causer of problems. And, Jesse Pippy offers a great, fresh and very viable alternative to more of that same old, same old type of trash.