In 2014, we have a general idea of who may run on the Republican side: Pat McDonough, Brian Murphy, David Craig, Blaine Young, Larry Hogan, Marty Madden, and Charles Lollar. The Gazette ran a piece on the potential 2014 contenders that discussed Murphy, Craig, Hogan, Madden, and Young. You could potentially argue that these may be the frontrunners, but I could see Lollar gaining some footing in some circles with his eloquent speaking ability and power to inspire voters. That said, read through the piece and you'll see something - how little time is spent on everyone but Madden.
Craig is called a frontrunner, then called a moderate. Hogan is spoken of more at length than Craig with emphasis on how hard of a time he'll have with Tea Party voters. Young is discussed, with a heavy focus on how hard a time he'll have among moderate voters. Murphy is said passingly as someone who got "pummeled by Ehrlich..." in 2010. Then comes Madden. They talk about how Madden is unsure if he's running. How he could appeal to moderate voters and how conservatives in the primary may have a hard time with him. The whole second half of the piece appears devoted to talking Madden and building him up. I feel like he's already the media's favorite, or at least the Gazette's favorite Republican. Not sure how I feel about that scenario.
In my opinion, Craig may be the guy already for 2014. He's got a fairly solid record as a County Executive, is not as moderate as the author of that piece thinks, and seems to be doing all the right things early on to establish himself as the frontrunner. I am a big Murphy fan - voted for him in the primary in 2010, do not regret that decision. I'd consider supporting him again - but honestly, I think it would be better for him to consider a bid for Comptroller. Him versus Campbell could turn into an interesting slug-fest, especially since I really like both of them. That said, both are qualified and both could give any Democrat a run for their money in an open race in the general election. What I know of Young's politics, I like. What I see as the big monkey that'll be on Young's back in terms of baggage, I'm worried about. I don't mind Hogan, I just was never all that excited about his candidacy when he almost ran in 2010. I felt he put forth a few good ideas, then chickened out when it looked like Ehrlich was running. Honestly - if you believe you are the best person for the job, run. If you don't, then don't even pretend to run like Hogan did in 2010. That's my opinion, though - feel free to disagree.
I wouldn't vote for McDonough for Governor and, frankly, I doubt he'll run. He always plays this game of, "I might run...or I might not..." for random offices every so many years. He never pulls the trigger, so don't hold your breath. I love Charles Lollar and think he will be an important face in the party for years to come. Do I think he'd make a good Governor? Possibly. Do I think it might not be his time for a bid for Governor? Possibly. I'm not sure - and part of me wanted him to try another bid for Congress this year. Regarding Madden - I really know nothing about Madden besides how the Gazette piece seemed to be ready to puff him up as a candidate. But, we shall see.
2014 isn't here yet, so all this is wild speculation. That said, it's fun and will be interesting to see what happens. Opinions welcome.
MDYRs had their straw poll on 2014 contenders at their 2012 convention. Harford County Executive David Craig won the straw poll with 25% of the vote, but it's still a pretty close / open race at this point. Here's the breakdown:
- Harford County Executive David Craig: 25%
- Former Lt. Governor Michael Steele: 21%
- Former Secretary Larry Hogan: 13%
- Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young: 8%
- Corrogan Vaughn (write-in): 8%
- 2010 Congressional Candidate Charles Lollar: 4%
- 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Murphy: 4%
- Pat Daly (write-in): 4%
- MDYR Chairman Brian Griffiths (write-in): 4%
- Former U.S. Senate Candidate Alan Keyes (write-in): 4%
- Undecided: 4%
Interesting note from the MDYR website: "Former Senate Minority Leader Marty Madden and Delegate Pat McDonough were listed on the ballot, but received no votes." More people decided to write in Keyes, Vaughn (who is a perennial candidate for random offices), and MDYR Chair Brian Griffiths than voted for McDonough. Maybe that should tell him something.
A new challenger has emerged in the growing battle for Maryland's 2nd Congressional District. At least on the Republican side. Delegate Rick Impallaria has joined the fray. Impallaria is an ally of Pat McDonough who, according to some, has a grudge against State Senator Nancy Jacobs. Bryan Sears has more at Patch:
Impallaria filed for the office Wednesday just prior to the 8 p.m. filing deadline.
"I decided yesterday and filed right after I walked off the floor," Impallaria said on Thursday. "It was something I talked to a lot of people about."
Impallaria is the fifth Republican to seek the opportunity to challenge Ruppersberger, who was elected in 2002. Other notable challengers include Harford County Republican Sen. Nancy Jacobs and Larry Smith, a Timonium resident and an aide to Republican Rep. Andy Harris.
Impallaria and Jacobs do have history. Several State House insiders said Impallaria carries a grudge against Jacobs because he believes she was responsible for killing a towing bill in the 2011 session.
Del. Pat McDonough, Impallaria's district mate, criticized Jacobs as being a "puppet" candidate for Harris.
Impallaria declined to say whether or not he subscribed to McDonough's theory.
"I'm going to run on the issues and not on personal attacks," said Impallaria.
One of those issues is similar to one Jacobs noted in her announcement last week—Senate Bill 509, the controversial 2000 state law that would have expanded condemnation powers for Baltimore County Government.
With this announcement and McDonough in toe, I'm assuming this means that this is yet another time that Pat McDonough said he was going to run for an office and then back off and not run. But, that's me.
We'll see if Impallaria takes the high road or follows the McDonough road in this race. It's unclear if he's serving as a surrogate for McDonough in the primary to bludgeon Jacobs or seriously is interested in the post. Time will tell. I hope it's the latter.
NOTE: A third candidate in this race is Larry Smith, a former aide to Andy Harris and former National Guardsman.
Potential US Senate or Congressional candidate and sitting Maryland Delegate Pat McDonough (R-MD) says that President Barack Obama should be impeached. Monoblogue has more on the story. Here's an excerpt from the monoblogue piece:
I won’t be able to make his press conference later today, but I suppose the question now is whether Pat wants to draw up the articles of impeachment next year or serve as one of the jurors. He delivered a scathing indictment of the President, part of which is detailed here:
“President Obama has created a backdoor amnesty law for 15 million illegal aliens through an unlawful policy that circumvents Congress. The consequences and impact of this reckless action on the people of the United States is enormous.”
“Mr. Obama’s administration with its characterization of citizens as terrorists, creation of enemies’ lists, and the attack against state laws with tax payers’ financed litigation is beginning to make Richard Nixon look like a Boy Scout. Lawlessness and disrespect for justice are promoting the illegal alien agenda,” said Delegate McDonough.
It’s obvious Pat is a hardliner on immigration, as evidenced by his role in the recent SB167 petition drive. But it would be the longest of shots that President Obama would actually be impeached, and it’s not even certain that he’ll be in office if Pat is indeed elected since polls show a number of Republicans neck-and-neck with him at this stage in the game. (I know, that and $5 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.) Yet Pat “maintains that if he were a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, he would initiate the articles of impeachment process.”
Dagger Press reportedly has a larger press release from McDonough, including the specific bullet points that McDonough would argue are the reasons for impeachment. Here's an excerpt from that piece:
1. Forcing people to buy health insurance, the individual mandate has been losing in the courts.
2. Launching a war in Libya ignoring the WAR POWERS ACT.
3. Refusing to enforce the FEDERAL DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT.
4. Injecting race into the VOTING RIGHTS ACT. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. declined to prosecute new Black Panther Party members caught on video openly intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. Two former Justice Department employees were told they should not enforce portions of the law, if the complainants are right.
5. Using the EPA to enforce a radical environmental agenda.
6. Allowing the FCC to grab the internet. Congress and a Federal Appeals Court rejected the Federal Communications Commission’s claim to have regulatory authority over the internet. Yet, the FCC released net neutrality rules.
7. Attacking the state for upholding the federal law. The Justice Department sued Arizona and other states for attempting to enforce the Federal Immigration Act.
8. Using the national Labor Relations Board as a goon squad. The NLRB sued to stop the Boeing Company from building a new plant in the “right to work” state of South Carolina because unions in Washington State objected. Nowhere in the Constitution does the federal government have the right to tell a business where they can operate. These examples were from an editorial in the Washington Times by Robert Knight, a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.
9. Another heavy-handed intervention by the Obama administration has been their regulatory interference in the Gulf drilling process and other energy issues.
Now, I disagree with the President on a number of issues - but I'm not quite sure we have grounds for impeachment. At all. It also is a wasted effort and, frankly, not a serious hill to die on. Not sure what reason McDonough has for releasing his articles for impeachment besides to keep himself in the press and maybe appeal to a certain segment of Republican voters. Doesn't appeal to this voter, however. I still say we already have a better candidate for US Senate than McDonough running and, frankly, I'm not convinced he's the best person to run in Maryland's 2nd Congressional district...and he's the only reported candidate.
Happy August. It's time for another installment of me sorting / regurgitating news items to you. And away we go:
- The Debt deal has passed the House. You can see their votes here. It will now go on to the Senate where it will probably pass. Then we continue to pass the buck down the line. Republicans in the future need to do a better job of fighting to cut spending. If I go up to the cap on my credit cards, I don't just ask them to raise the limit on my cards - I probably get declined for future cards I wish to get. Why isn't our government held accountable in much the same way. But, I digress.
- But not quite too far of a digression as I link over to Jimmie Bise's piece at Sundries Shack discussing all the lovely, mellow rhetoric used by the left regarding the debt ceiling debate.
- The Maryland Public Policy Institute has a piece asking if we should be supporting the Hippodrome in Baltimore City. They make excellent points on us incurring the debt of the Hippodrome that I suggest you read.
- Casa de Maryland and eight Maryland residents are suing the MD Board of Elections regarding the MD DREAM Act petition / referendum. The kicker? Two of these people on the law suit are illegal immigrants. My hope is that this suit is thrown out, but you never know here in Maryland.
- Incumbent Baltimore City Council member Robert Curran (D) told constituents to lie to the police to try to speed up their reaction time. His opponent in his reelection bid is, understandably, annoyed and is calling for his resignation of this issue.
- Matt Coulter of Race42012 suggests that when, not if, Rick Perry announces for President - expect Giuliani and Palin to be by his side. He makes a fairly compelling argument.
- Pat McDonough (R) has suggested that he's MAY run for US Senate depending on the redistricting process in Maryland.
- Mark Newgent of RedMaryland says that this is not the guy we want coming "off the bench" to run for US Senate in Maryland.
- McDonough also said he was seriously weighing bids for Governor or Baltimore County Executive in 2010, he ran for neither.
- Also, in 2004, McDonough was involved in a physical altercation with lobbyists. He admitted that he shoved a labor union director who he said had gotten in his face.
- Who's getting rich in California? How about some City Managers in Anaheim who are earning an average of over $280,000 a year. That's beyond ridiculous and borders on the absurd, as R.S. McCain points out, that's more than a US Senator, the director of the FBI, or Secretary of Defense.
- Lightsaber Rattling has the newest tidbit from Timothy Zahn before the release of the 20th anniversary edition of Heir to the Empire. I love that book and that whole Thrawn Trilogy.