Last night, I hitched a ride with a friend from Baltimore down to Anne Arundel Community College to check out the Anne Arundel County Executive debate between County Executive Laura Neuman and Delegate Steve Schuh.
As I was arriving at the friend’s house, I heard an ad on WBAL Radio put out by the Schuh campaign. In this piece of drivel, Schuh was bitching (seriously, folks, you could hear the “pout” in his voice) over how Ms. Neuman was allegedly attacking him.
Schuh said (paraphrasing) that he didn’t support the Anne Arundel County Rain Tax – after having voted for the State Rain tax, not once but twice, and he didn’t support Obamacare – after having SPONSORED the O’Malleycare bill (which called for an individual mandate, just as Obamacare does) in 2008. He didn’t just vote for the bill, he SPONSORED it.
His claims now are such bullshit. And, sad to say, a number of folks will believe him. Because he sounded pouty, and all…
As for the debate, itself, which was expertly moderated by Maryland GOP National Committeewoman, Nicolee Ambrose, it was good and fairly lively. And, if Ms. Neuman had won the first two debates between her and Mr. Schuh by knocking him out – cold and senseless, she won this third and final debate by at least a TKO. Additionally, it was good seeing and talking with MDGOP Chairwoman, Diana Waterman, and MDGOP Executive Director, Joe Cluster for a bit as well as political guru, Don Murphy.
Now, a few of the highlights from this debate, which has me shaking my head that this race is even a contest…
In his opening statement, Steve Schuh questioned Laura Neuman’s life story (which I took to mean he again questioned whether she’d actually been raped.) He said the details of her life story don’t “add up.”
Ms. Neuman didn’t take Schuh’s snide references lying down – nor should she have. She bared her fangs. Again, as I wrote in my post “Careless Whisper,” (https://darknessrevisited.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/careless-whisper/) this is ridiculous – the whisper campaign about whether Laura Neuman was raped. Give me a break, Mr. Schuh – more importantly and urgently, give Ms. Neuman a break regarding this crap. I would hope you’re better than that shit.
But, what can you expect from a candidate like Mr. Schuh, who showed absolutely no decorum when Ms. Neuman was speaking. I’m not writing here about his nervous writing he was doing or even the fact that he was grimacing and making faces, so much as the (at least) two or three times, he would just spout off points while Ms. Neuman had the floor and was speaking. It was excruciating watching him verbally bleed out in front of the room at times, and leads me to ask when and how the “he who speaks the loudest is always right” style of speaking became so en vogue.
(John Leopold’s resignation is part of Steve Schuh’s stated biggest regret in political life.)
Speaking of verbally bleeding out, his answer to a question regarding ‘what was his biggest regret as an elected official?’ was a doozy for blood flow.
Now, I don’t know about you but when I’m asked what my biggest regret is, to me that means something I’ve done or set in motion, as in: Did doing this, that or the other cause me any regrets? Apparently, Steve Schuh has no regrets about anything he’s done – but rather what he perceives as things having been done “to” him or that negatively affect him in some way. In answering the question about his biggest regret as an elected official, Schuh said:
“My biggest regret in public life is that John Leopold resigned and Laura Neuman took his seat.”
THAT’s his self-stated “biggest regret?!” Ego much, Mr. Schuh?
Unfortunately for Mr. Schuh, that very telling comment – even if said in jest- was also his most memorable comment of the entire debate.
Laura Neuman’s most memorable comments were two that I can think of right now. One came in response to a question about are either of you (her and Mr. Schuh) fluent in any other languages. Neuman answered by saying, “I’m fluent in ‘Mom’.” Very cute and every bit as telling as was Schuh’s comment regarding his biggest regret.
The second of Neuman’s memorable comments came in her closing statement, when she stated that “Next year, we’ll go to zero based budgeting” on the county level. My friend, the politically very astute coordinator at Maryland Legislative Watch, Elizabeth Meyers, has already stated she plans on holding Laura Neuman to that when the time comes.
As for Mr. Schuh, he spent his last few moments attacking Ms. Neuman – AGAIN.
And, that’s all you need to know about who’s winning (and SHOULD win) this campaign.