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I about fell out of my chair…

Posted by David Keelan on Thursday, October 19, 2006

I knew they were expected, but I didn’t know when.  It shocked me because it is not what I expected.

The Baltimore Sun Endorsements for County Exec and Council….  Download the pdf here.

The winners are:

CE – Chris Merdon

…largely because he has more management and government experience than Democrat Ken Ulman, but also because he seems more sensitive to the concerns of county residents who feel shut out of land-use decisions.

Hmmm.  “Shut out of land-use decisions.”  Who said that before?  Oh, the Howard County Maryland Blog said that.  The Sun hit Ken’s weak spot.  No wonder Ken is trying to chip away at where Merdon is strongest – no matter what it takes.  I think the Sun has  closely examined the record of both of these individuals and, despite what any smear site might say, the Sun came to the right conclusion on this one.

1. Courtney Watson

Based on her school board experience

2. Gina Ellrich

This is sweet…

a businesswoman and civic activist who would bring to the job more sophistication and know-how than the appointed Democratic incumbent, who has served only a few months.

3. Donna Thewes

In this Laurel-area district, voters often feel overlooked, says Republican Donna Thewes, a longtime civic activist who is determined to make sure the voices of her neighbors are heard. Working hard to overcome a Democratic advantage in the district, she appears to have the energy and spark to make good on her promise.

Well quite honestly Donna has been doing it for years

4. Mary Kay Sigaty

Sorry, I disagree.  I like her.  She is taking the redevelopment of Town Center way too lightly.  D’Asto is all over it.  Not that Mary Kay supports bad development but I don’t think she is going to fight the fight on this one.  She is going to let it unfold as is.  Tom is going to hold people accountable.

They kind of took a swipe at Ken.

[Mary Kay] who narrowly lost the post to Mr. Ulman four years ago and has become a leading critic of the “Comp Lite” process that he supported.

5. Greg Fox

Need I say more?

If the Sun’t endorsement holds any weight then we are looking at a majority Republican government next year led by Chris Merdon.  I know each of these people and I will tell you now that as a minority the Democrats won’t be marginalized and ignored for the next 4 years.

However, in the end I think that Tony Salazar will win and Tom D’Asto is making incredible progress.  I am telling you people if you have not heard Tom speak you are missing a real treat.  He is fantastic and his message is great.

Mary Kay may have more experience than Tom, but Tom actually gets it, he walks the walk and talks the talk.

You can meet Tom at his next fundraiser.

Maple Lawn Community Center

7600 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, Maryland 20759

Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Please come and enjoy some vorspeise (light fare), wine, and

seasonal beer while meeting many of the Special Guests,


Senator Allan Kittleman, Senator Sandy Schrader,

Dennis Schrader — Director, Maryland Governor’s Office of Homeland


Price: $60 ea; $100 per couple

Sponsorships (includes tickets): Pilsner – $150, Ale – $250, Lager – $300

R.S.V.P.: Please use RSVP card below and respond by October 16th.

For more information, contact Tom D`Asto at 301-996-6783 or

Authority: Tom D`Asto Election fund, Geoff Carton, Treasurer


12 Responses to “I about fell out of my chair…”

  1. Wow…just wow!

  2. mary smith said

    Again with the warning lists for voters….

  3. Melissa said

    I wonder how Greg will respond to this endorsement? In Dave’s own words earlier about the Sun’s Primary Endorsements: (From: Aliquid Stat Pro Aliquo,
    That is Latin for “Something that stands for something else”)

    […]In any event. The bottom line is this. The Sun endorsement in this district is “Something that stands for something else” and that is less votes for Melissa, Gail and Wayne.

    But, now it is suddenly seen as positive and earth shattering that the Sun would endorse a Republican?

  4. hocomd said

    Melissa, that was in context of the primary and not the general election. In that endorsement The Sun was speaking only to Republicans because, as you know, in the primary only Republicans got to choose between you, Gail, and Warren, and Greg and Wayne. Given the perceived bias of The Sun by the hard core (as I perceive it) Republicans who vote in the primary I didn’t think it did you, Gail or Wayne any favors to get the Sun endorsement in the primary.

    Now we turn our attention to the endorsements in the General election. An entirely different animal. The Sun is speaking to all registered voters regardless of party affiliation.

    Will it mean less votes for Greg Fox by Republicans in the General election? Remains to be seen but I don’t think so. I think they will ignore it.

    Will it help Greg among independents and democrats? Who knows but I think it will.

    “Malum et arangia” = Apples and Oranges

  5. observer said

    How does the Sun get off saying Mary Kay Sigaty is an opponent of comp lite, and by extension against the charrette plan for Columbia, I have never heard her say anything of the sort, and if she has said it recently, it is only because she knows Tom D’Asto is killing her with his position on these issues, is it possible that Mary Kay’s name as it appears in the endorsement is a typo?

  6. Melissa said

    I’d like to think of it as more of Oranges and Tangerines; different but not that different. 🙂 (And I don’t know the latin for that…)

  7. jen said

    Ironic, isn’t it? How does this make you feel about your lack of enthusiasm for the Sun and your support of “The Sun Lies”? Feeling any urge to backpeddle or will you bluster forth, full speed ahead with an explanation about how even the misguided can occasionally get it right? 😉

  8. hocomd said

    I don’t find it Ironic at all. That is why “I about fell out of my chair…”

  9. hocomd said

    BTW Jen, I will admit that the Sun does get it right at least 1/2 of the time. However, I find that the paper when dealing with state politics, especially O’Malley and Ehrlich, the editorial board is writing the news articles.

    David Nitkin and Jennifer Skalka are not objective reporters. They should be writing opinion columns and not news columns. That is why I am happy to have the Examiner in town.

    Just because I have a link to The Sun Lies doesn’t mean anything more than the links I have to Ian or Evan (including Demos, and Ken, and everyone else on that blog), or the Howard County Independent Voters (a.k.a Steve Wallis) website, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Post, etc. Do you want me to put up the DNC?

    So no, I am not backpeddling.

  10. jen said

    good for you. 😉

  11. Fran said

    Why wasn’t Mary Kay endorsed for her school board experience? Oh yea, it’s because she hasn’t really finished getting her experience…

  12. […] What is Ken Ulman’s response?  This morning he posted the three special interest endorsements that he has managed to secure so far in this campaign.  He is not distinguishing between the Washington Post endorsement and the Baltimore Sun endorsement, and special interest endorsements.  They are not the same. […]

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