So, I understand that 1st District GOP Congressman Andy Harris has endorsed his fellow doctor, Ben Carson for President. Yeah, I’m sure THAT will save Carson’s foundering campaign…
And, it makes me want to ask his good friend and longtime partner in political crime, MD Delegate and Minority Whip and GOP US Senate candidate, Kathy Szeliga, her thoughts on Harris backing Carson. After all, the two of them pretty much don’t go to the rest room without telling the other ahead of time. I know, I’ll ask Szeliga that very question tomorrow night at the MDGOP US Senate Debate!
Whoops! I can’t do that, since Szeliga’s not attending the debate, as she’s apparently decided it would be best to duck it. (Truth be told, I couldn’t make it either, because weeks ago I promised a friend a lift to the airport tomorrow night – but I’m not running for US Senate now, am I…)
Anyway, the US Senate debate, Kathy Szeliga-less though it may be, is scheduled for tomorrow night, February 18, 2016 at Goucher College in Towson. It’s set to begin at 7PM and to wrap up around 9:30 or so. Further, I understand that the debate is jointly sponsored by the Goucher College Republicans, the Baltimore County Republican Party and the Greater Towson Republican Club – and that a good number of folks from these various entities are PISSED OFF at Kathy Szeliga for blowing them off.
As sad as it may be, no one will get to hear Kathy Szeliga attempt defending the indefensible, such as her 2013 vote in favor of $1.1 billion in bonds for new school construction in Baltimore City – the bonds, in great part, being paid for by state lottery revenues as well as, among others, the good old “any additional money from any public source.” Hey, did you notice all of those new schools being constructed? Neither have I.
And, of course, she also won’t be able to tell everyone why she supported HB1513, that power grab bill to end all power grabs, a few years back. You know the bill – that’s right! – the very bill that was condemned through ACCLAMATION at the MDGOP convention that spring (2014, I think.)
That’s a shame.
What’s not a shame, however, is that the debate will nonetheless feature two younger, up and coming, movers and shakers in the MDGOP – Senate candidates Chrys Kefalas and Greg Holmes (as well as a few other “Here we go again!” type of candidates…)
And, of those two, Kefalas and Holmes, I’m saying to keep your eye on Greg Holmes. A mid-40s, African-American guy from PG County, who is running as a conservative/libertarian-minded Republican for the US Senate in Maryland. Maryland?!
Are you kidding me? No, I’m not – and he’s not, as in Holmes isn’t kidding, either. Not in the least. I’ve met him twice now and the man is most impressive.
So, as the Republican Party continues its change away from its past – the hanging on to old structures and old styles of endorsements and the like, here we now have an engaging black guy running for US Senate. I think the worst thing to be in politics these days is to already be in elective office. And, I think Kathy Szeliga may end up learning that lesson the hard way. As I’ve said time and time again over the past year or so: There is no longer any such thing as a reservation as concerns the MDGOP. Hell, judging from what’s going on in the national scene today, I’m beginning to think that there’s no such thing as a reservation left anywhere in politics.
And, it’s about damned time.
If I could tell Kathy Szeliga, whom I really do personally like a lot, any one thing it would be this: You’ve picked the wrong year to start ducking debates, especially in areas where you’re well known and, I assume, well liked. The ground rules have changed, and what worked for Larry Hogan – who made a ritual out of skipping debates – in 2014, likely won’t work this time around. People pay a lot more attention to such slights these days. They NOTICE. The thing is, sitting all aloft in her ivory tower in Annapolis and being surrounded by standard “politicos,” I don’t think Szeliga has any idea just how much things have changed.
But, Greg Holmes does. If he didn’t, there is no way he’d be running.
I wonder if Kathy Szeliga will be represented by an empty chair…