It’s been an interesting week or two or so in the primary race for Maryland Governor.
Sources tell me that they’re hearing that Anthony Brown is “going down” – thus the reason, I believe, for the timing of Bill Clinton’s endorsement…to prop up his faltering campaign. Thus, the reason, as well, for him hitting the airwaves with a TV ad. I thought he allegedly had chief rival, Doug Gansler, beat after those pics of Gansler at a drinking party attended by his son were leaked to the press…
Speaking of TV ads, I understand MD “GOP” candidate, Larry Hogan, also launched his first TV ad a few days ago. I’ve yet to see it – even via the link on Facebook, and certainly not on the tube. It’s been at least 3 months since I’ve so much as even turned my TV set on.
And, of course, GOPer Brian Vaeth has been found to have not met residency requirements and, as such, has been bounced from his “candidate” status.
On that front, Vaeth, who’s now suing to be reinstated as a candidate, told me: “I am saying that we are challenging the Boards decision (removing him from the race) and as many of the other laws relating to voter right and the legislation surrounding it being ruled to be unconstitutional, we are confident that we will prevail.”
And, then, official candidate or not, Vaeth launched an attack against Change Maryland and its founder and front-man, Larry Hogan, this week on FB – a full frontal assault (calling Change Maryland “Clown Maryland”) that sure as Hell got my attention, as well as the attention of a number of others.
When I asked Mr. Vaeth about the attack, and why Hogan was in his sites in particular, he told me, “He (Hogan) holds exclusive debates with the Candidates he chooses and is afraid to debate someone who will knock him down. That’s why he debated Dave Craig…”
That’s a nice, back handed slap at David Craig, as well, as a scathing indictment of Hogan. Vaeth when on to add that…
“(Hogan) is reaching out to Democrats and not talking to his own party. He is the one making a joke out of this election. His group Change Maryland has 85,000 people who like it but only 1,580 likes on his webpage. I bet all of those likes are bought.”
Well, just damn! The question of how many of CM’s likes being “bought” has been out there making the rounds all along, but still…
(Brian Vaeth Lights It Up…So Why is this Picture so Dark?)
Of course, as might be expected considering they are/were rivals, Brian Vaeth didn’t have too many nice things to say about any of the other GOP Gubernatorial candidates, either. This is especially true of David Craig and Charles Lollar, the latter of whom Vaeth said, “Charles Lollar makes way too many mistakes that he can’t overcome. Not everything is a business problem. It has to be about the People…Plus, the staffer and the sexual assault of a minor does not demonstrate a family values position, now does it?”
Yikes! Even I had cut Lollar slack over THAT last unfortunate incident.
Brian Vaeth, who got into the race for governor to advertise his treatment by the city of Baltimore after being injured in the line of duty (he was a fireman), told me that the city fired him and denied him his disability. To which, Vaeth added “I fought them in court but the City had to commit perjury, submit fraudulent affidavits, and withhold my medical records to beat me. They got me.”
Well, I for one, am sorry to see Mr. Vaeth get bounced from his candidacy. He sure as Hell does manage to keep things interesting. After telling me that Ron George can’t run against his record, he apparently has nothing but vitriol for Larry Hogan, as in this parting shot: “Larry Hogan has blown off the Republican Committee meetings all over the State. I know, I’ve been to them. Instead, he meets with Democratic leaders in the area like he has the primary already wrapped up. All I hear is a lot of complaining and absolutely no solutions…”
And, no real, open, debates either. As in an April 21 debate before the University of Maryland School of Law, which – as of now – has Anthony Brown; Ron George; Charles Lollar; and Heather Mizeur participating.
But no Larry Hogan.
And no Brian Vaeth.
That’s a shame.