Well, no matter how you cut it, Republican GOP Gubernatorial candidate, Charles Lollar, had a not good day, yesterday.
To begin with, I awake to the news that he has been ruled ineligible for matching funds for his campaign because – why? – he and/or his campaign didn’t file the paperwork on time. And, then, right around dinner time yesterday, the news (or rumors) started breaking that the guy responsible for being the or a southern coordinator on his campaign team, Andrew Grabau, had been arrested and charged with child sex abuse. The rumors didn’t have anything to do with Grabau’s arrest – he was, but, rather, whether he was tied to the Lollar team – which, apparently (as reported by WBAL), also proved to be true.
And, through a spokesman a statement was issues by the Charles Lollar campaign which said, in part: “It was with pain and shock that we learned today of the allegations against Andrew Grabau, a former part-time volunteer who arranged events in Anne Arundel county for our campaign.” And…
“As the father of four daughters, and a recent grandfather, Charles Lollar finds the alleged behavior particularly revolting…” And,
“These charges, if true, are a humbling reminder of how difficult it can be to read into the hearts of men and women.”
That’s a not good day for Mr. Lollar, no matter how you look at it.
(Lollar is Running for Governor…and Away from Yesterday’s News)
So, might I (of all people) join with the Lollar campaign in urging that everyone pray for the abused child and the child’s family. If guilty, that pervert should burn. But, here in Maryland, he’ll instead have the right to go into and hang out in Women’s bathrooms.
As for Charles Lollar, though, how much of it is his fault? As concerns the not-ready-for filing-for-matching funds, of which Lollar is said to be appealing the decision of the state in declaring him ineligible, well, it’s almost never the candidate who directly files such paperwork – almost never.
Not being privy to the inner workings of the Lollar campaign (but having taken note of other, more minor, screw ups by certain members of Team Lollar), however, I’d still have to say this one is more Lollar’s fault – because as the main man in his organization, the buck does stop with him. Meaning, if he wasn’t responsible for filing the paperwork, himself, he was ultimately responsible for making sure he had the right person to file it. Which, apparently, he did not. So, yeah, that one’s on Lollar.
But, as concerns the alleged child-sex-abuse pervert he had working on his campaign? Not so much. How many times have any of us heard horror stories about what someone has done, and said things along the lines of “No way!” and/or “He or she would never do something like that!” or the very simple, “I don’t believe it!”
So, with the latter instance of yesterday being a “not good day” for the Lollar campaign, I truly do believe we should cut Lollar some slack. At least, personally – as in Charles Lollar should not be held responsible for the fact that one of his former aides is alleged to be a pervert who committed child sex abuse.
Now, who was it – again – that’s out there digging up dirt on campaign staffers and bloggers? Whoever it is, here’s one you missed: Andrew Grabau.