If looks could kill…
No, this posting is not about any of the beautiful woman in MDGOP circles such as, Jeannie Haddaway, for example – Although, she does play a role in this piece.
No, my “If looks could kill” comes from the looks I received tonight from Delegate Rick Impallaria (R-7) as I entered the Baltimore County HQ Office opening for GOP Gubernatorial candidate, David Craig.
I’d had a FB conversation about it with another beautiful GOP woman, Jessica Fugate, who told me she was stopping in at Craig’s HQ opening for a bit. Additionally, after having been there, Ms. Fugate told me that they had a “strong showing.”
For the record, David Craig’s Baltimore County office opening was free, (unlike another GOP candidate who charged money if you wanted to come to his office opening – Ahem, cough, cough, Larry Hogan).. And, it was big – as in both the sheer size of this Rosedale office, in beautiful eastern Baltimore County, as well as the number of people who were in attendance.
Now, despite the glare I’d gotten from Rick Impallaria upon my arrival, I saw and chatted with a veritable “who’s who” of Baltimore County politicos – who mixed nicely with a good number of everyday folks. Oh, and Joan Wood said something about me looking a bit like a “Mountain Man” – considering I’ve not had a haircut since last September.
Among the elected officials I saw, besides Harford County Executive David Craig and his running mate, Delegate Jeannie Haddaway, were: Delegate Kathy Szeliga, Delegate Sue Aumann, Delegate Pat McDonough, as well as House of Delegates candidate in the 7th District David Seman and a number of others.
Here are a few of the other politcos:
(Former Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden, Former Congresswoman Helen Bentley and Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, with David Craig and Jeannie Haddaway)
Now, as concerns Kathy Szeliga and the gentle shot I took at her in my last blog posting, none of that came up tonight. Instead, we talked about my health. Yeah, my health. She, District 7 HOD Candidate, David Seman, and I stood around for a few moments and talked about the upcoming races and my health. It was fascinating.
David Craig and I did talk a bit about his day, today, in Dundalk, MD. He’d been out and about on Baltimore County’s east side for most of the day – out to Fort Howard as well as having received a tour of the North Point Government Center…which he insisted to me should remain open. I asked him if Debbie Staigerwald was at the Government Center when he was there. He said he wasn’t sure. A friendly acquaintance of mine, Debbie Staigerwald has been fighting like Hell to make sure the Government Center (which houses a police precinct, one of Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger’s district offices, as well as a local community theater for folks of all ages with special needs) stays open. Debbie’s husband, Buddy, is running for County Council as a Democrat.
Anyway, two things really struck me tonight. The first one, I’ve already touched on – and that being the turnout. Again, by the time I rolled into the event, it was almost over…and they still had a very good number of people present. Hell, I’ve been to any number of MD GOP events over the years that at their peak couldn’t touch the number of folks at David Craig’s event tonight – a half hour from closing.
The second thing that grabbed me was the attitude of David Craig and his assistants that were there that I knew (Campaign Manager Paul Ellington comes to mind): These folks are confident. Not cocky in the least, but very confident without any hint of false bravado. THAT was very impressive. And, I guess in 6 weeks or so time, we’ll find out if the confidence was misplaced…or whether they know something.