And, so it is with fear (or, perhaps, in joyous anticipation) of AGAIN being accused of defaming someone, I take hands to keyboard and write this blog post:
This year’s primary race for the House of Delegates District 31B promises to be an interesting race. The district currently has two seats, one held by Delegate Steve Schuh, who is running for the Republican nomination for county executive in 2014, and the other held by House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. So, with Schuh gone from the House, win or lose his race for county executive, that leaves one seat to fill.
And, that’s where convicted drunken boater and driver Don Dwyer and 24 year old Meagan Simonaire come into play. A number of candidates whose names I cannot even recall without having to look it up are also running for the GOP – and some sacrificial lamb is running for the Democrats in this heavily Republican district. But, what will those GOP voters do? Reelect Don Dwyer or go for the light at the end of the tunnel and send Meagan Simonaire to Annapolis?
So, having followed the Don Dwyer story just as many of y’all have done, I contacted both him and Ms. Simonaire – daughter of GOP Senator Bryan Simonaire with a couple of questions I (and perhaps some of you) would like to have answered. Here’s my questions and the answers provided, or not provided in Delegate Dyer’s case:
“Hi, Don – Hope you’re doing well. I’ve got a few questions for you. 1) Why should people vote for you considering the boating accident and, 2) Why did you move – was that just to run for reelection? Thanks, Joe”
And, although Don Dwyer saw my questions at 3:22 AM on Monday Morning, I never did get a response. That’s a shame.
Now, I’m not going to beat a dead horse and go on and on about his boating accident here – but a conviction IS a conviction and, as such, should play a role in the minds of the voters as they cast their ballots in this race. And, as concerns my question about Dwyer’s carpetbagging…well, that one should be answered. Considering he’s left his longtime home in Glen Burnie…what I wanted to know was “why?” That’s not so hard, now, is it?
I’ve always liked Don Dwyer – and feel for him on a human level for the mistakes he has made. That being said, I’m glad to have heard from a few people recently that he seems to be “doing fine,” which is a far cry from what I’d heard a few months ago when some folks were doing everything but taking bets on whether or not he’d snuff himself on the House floor during session…or what he might do if he loses this race, which brings us to his top opponent in this race, Meagan Simonaire.
(NRA Member Meagan Simonaire waits her turn to address a rifle association meeting. No, really!)
As concerns Ms. Simonaire, I asked her the simplest question first: Why should people vote for you? She answered me by directing me to her website (www.MegSimonaire.com), before adding that “I am running to make a positive change in Annapolis as I believe too many politicians have lost touch with the people.
From that point, I asked how much her father, Senator Bryan Simonaire, was assisting her in her campaign efforts. She told me that her father is one of her advisors, before adding, however, that “he has his own campaign to run, so I am mainly running the (my own) campaign.”
And then, I had to do it – I asked her what she thinks about Don Dwyer, both as an opponent and on a personal level. And, she kept her answers fair and above board, by responding…
“Regarding Don Dwyer as a person, to be honest I do not know him on a personal basis, so I do not feel qualified to answer that question. Although, I am not running ‘against’ Don Dwyer, but I am running ‘for’ an office of public trust. I will let the people decide who they want representing them.”
Here’s hoping the people of Legislative District 31B make the right decision.