The truth of the matter is that I’m a bit of a lazy bastard.
And, being a lazy bastard, I usually don’t write or say too much of anything serious without a bit of prodding by someone doing saying/doing something insanely stupid, or at least having something dropped directly in my lap – the latter of which is sort of what’s prompted this thing you’re reading right now. I’m writing this because Jim Petit sends me press releases.
Jim Petit is the media spokesman/press secretary for Frank Howard. Frank Howard is a GOP congressional candidate looking to take on Congressman John Delaney in MD’s 6th Congressional District.
Now, having received this (among many other release I’ve received from Mr. Petit) release, which refocused my thoughts a bit on the CD6 GOP Primary, I’ve come to learn that one of Howard’s primary opponents, Amie Hoeber, had raised some questions concerning the federal government’s speeding up Syrian immigration without compromising national security.
I also noticed that another of Frank Howard’s primary opponents, Delegate David Vogt (rhymes with Goat) had released his first campaign ad – one in which Mr. Vogt boasts of having joined with MD Governor, Larry Hogan, in Hogan’s “budget battle” – which means that Vogt voted to increase state spending. So much for Mr. Vogt calling himself a conservative, I guess. Vogt’s ad, called “Boots on the Ground” also features him lacing up a pair of military-style boots and stealthily walking over some marble floor…or maybe he’s stealthily leaving his house in a manner so as to not wake the missus…I don’t know. Whatever…
But, what really got me concerns Congressman John Delaney and that someone has FINALLY called him out on his burning desire to sit on the fence at all times and, seemingly at all costs.
That someone is Frank Howard.
In a three or four day span that began with Frank Howard publicly asking Delaney what he was thinking in urging the federal government to ramp up Syrian immigration, it more or less ended with his press release in which Mr. Howard states:
“The more voices we have raising questions about John Delaney’s ludicrous assertion that the federal government can rapidly screen untold thousands of Syrian immigrants for terrorism, the better,” said Howard. “John Delaney sides with Republicans one day and the next follows the ‘we are the world’ wing of the Democratic party.
I love that description: “…the ‘we are the world’ wing of the Democratic party.” It is especially apt now, that the world is more or less on fire…
And, this time, the issue at hand happened to be Syrian immigration – while, in the past it could have been Obamacare or what have you: John Delaney rides the fence between the parties so much, I’m sure his ass must be saddle sore. And, I’m not talking about bi-partisanship here, not nearly as much as I’m talking about speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the same damned issue…over and over…and over.
Yeah, yeah, yeah… from a writer’s standpoint, I know that THOSE arguments against a Democrat are usually best left for the general election, but the simple fact that Frank Howard pointed out Delaney’s propensity for double talking now sure as Hell got my attention.
And, despite the fact that I loathe endorsements and find them totally ridiculous (like you, dear reader, need me or anyone else to tell you who to vote for, right?!), I nonetheless made 3 or 4 endorsements last election cycle. And, I’m now making my first endorsement in this election cycle: Frank Howard for Congress in MD’s 6th Congressional District.