Joan Wood and I’ve really got to stop meeting like this…
Last night, both of us were at the 6th Legislative District Meet and Greet at the Del Capri Restaurant in Dundalk, MD. to, well, meet and greet with a number of candidates for office…or them with us, or something along those lines. And, for the second time within a week – the first being David Craig’s Baltimore County HQ grand opening gala-fest a few days prior – Joan Wood and I have run into each other out and about yonder in MDGOP-Land.
As concerns last night’s Meet and Greet, the turnout wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t too bad – this is especially true because of the torrential downpour that hit right around the time the event was scheduled to start (7:00 PM)…and the promise/threat of more rain to come likely kept any number of folks away. As it was, when I got there at about 7:45 PM (and having been told a number of people had already departed) about 50 people were in the room. In the end, 7 of the 9 GOP House of Delegates Candidates posted as did all 3 of Baltimore County’s GOP County Executive Candidates. Kudos to all for getting out and about and making yourself available to the peeps.
Among those friends/candidates I saw in attendance were Joan Wood, Raella Beth Kobin, and Nicole Beus, Tony Campbell (for County Executive), Robin Grammer, Dan Liberatore for District 6,and Ric Metzgar – the last three of whom are running for the House of Delegates.
And, yes, Robin Grammer, it sounds all but mandatory that we meet for coffee one day relatively soon. That Grammer-Guy is going places, I tell you…
While everything was all sweetness and light in eastern Baltimore County last night at the 6th LD Meet and Greet, such is not the case this morning in Maryland’s 30th District where Eric Knowles and Don Quinn have been going at it tooth and nail to see who will win the right to run against Dem State Senator John Astle.
Which leads me to ask the question, if you’re Eric Knowles, how can you allow something like this to happen?
Now, think what you want about the NRA – they’re too restrictive/or not restrictive enough as concerns gun rights (which I believe are immeasurably necessary, but that’s another topic for another day) – whatever, but how do you simply not answer the NRA’s questionnaire if you’re running in a GOP primary, especially against a Senator like Astle who’s a known hunter (and, yes, I am aware that 2nd Amendment Rights have nothing to do with hunting)?
Now, although I’ve yet to have the pleasure of meeting Don Quinn, I have met Eric Knowles and know a number of his supporters. Meaning, I know where Eric Knowles is on 2nd Amendment issues…but not everyone does, which leaves me flabbergasted that Knowles got a rating of “?” from the NRA and Quinn gets an A-. The only thing that can mean is that Knowles didn’t respond to the NRA questionnaire and Quinn did, answering the NRA’s questions in a manner very much to their liking.
So, for all of the pro-gunners in Senate District 30 who really have no idea of where these two candidates stand on gun issues, they will now – even if their knowledge will be incomplete because Eric Knowles didn’t/forgot to fill out the NRA’s questionnaire and get it back to them in time. Much to Eric Knowles’ loss.
Now, if Don Quinn beats Eric Knowles in this primary in District 30 – especially if the race is close, my gut says here is where it happened. These guys have been kicking each other’s asses pretty good, hard, and regularly from what I’ve seen.
But, it appears to me that Eric Knowles may have just inadvertently blinked.