Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Update10-4-06 at 2:30 PM: I really wasn’t trying to, but I seemed to strike a nerve. A fellow blogger brought this to my attention. The photo on the right has appeared on Courtney’s web site since I originally posted this on October 2nd. It is photo number 70 and the newest photo on her site. It is placed next to photo 35 (two away from Merdon) and between photo 46 and 35. Here I was thinking no one was paying attention to me. David Wissing thought it was worth noting. Now I have a new question. Why are there not photos of me? Now, lets see if any show up ;=)
Update 10-4-06 at 7AM: I said it first.
From the Baltimore Sun
Democrat Angela Beltram, a former County Council member who led an unsuccessful effort to petition the omnibus zoning bill called Comp Lite to referendum, and Courtney Watson, a Democrat running for Merdon’s council seat in District 1, both attended Merdon’s news conference. Beltram said she probably would vote for Merdon.
Anyone have any idea why Courtney Watson is seen here (center of photo in purple) at Chris Merdon’t most recent press conference regarding his zoning initiative? More to the point, why isn’t she going near the Ulman campaign? Might as well ask, why wasn’t Ken Ulman at the press conference? Tony Salazar, the GOP candidate for District One, is in the room too but he is out of camera shot – just in case you thought he was at an Ulman press confernence :=)
Jim Robey had nothing but praise for Courtney and said he would support her for any office that she decided to run for. However, she seems conspicuously absent from the County Democrat’s main event. Is she sending a message by being here?
Clearly Harry Dunbar was sending a message. He attended the event and endorsed Chris Merdon for County Executive. As expected Ken Ulman dismissed Mr. Dunbar’s endorsement as “expected” referencing that Mr. Dunbar supported Chris Merdon’s campaign for a second term on the County Council. Mr. Ulman does not distinguish a couple of important facts in that 2002 general election, and the 2006 primary race.
- Mr. Merdon was a well qualified incumbent in 2002
- Mr. Merdon’s opponent was unable to get an effective campaign started
- Mr. Merdon was not running a county wide campaign
- Mr. Dunbar is a registerd Democrat and Mr. Ulman’s opponent in the Democratic primary.
If one takes a look at the photo gallery on her website one might note that their is not one photo of Courtney and Ken Ulman. In fact their is no photo of Ken Ulman on her site at all. However, you will find one of Chris Merdon.
I think this speaks volumes regarding Chris’ bi-partisan approach to government that he has apparantly won over Courtney Watson. Please correct me if I am wrong.
I wonder how the Democratic constituency is going to take this in County Council District One, or is this an indicator of how the Howard County Democratic Party feels things are going for them in 2006.