Ken Ulman Press Conference (Updated)
Posted by David Keelan on Thursday, November 2, 2006
I understand from Calvin Ball that Ken Ulman will be holding a press conference at 12PM tomorrow. Calvin posted it on the HCAA board. He is apparantly trying to help Ken get a big showing.
“…please join Ken Ulman and I Friday November 3, 2006 at noon …for a special announcement on the future of Downtown Columbia.”
Can anyone imagine what it could be about?
Let me guess the motivation behind a press conference the weekend before the election. Mind you this is only guess work and rather cynical.
Being behind in the endorsement race, the backlash he is experiencing on The Real Chris and the associated mailers, the lack of very few positive moments from his campaign, the fiasco of his surrogates condemning Cynthia Coyle and Barbara Russell of the Columbia Association (which I witnessed this evening and will write about later), the recriminations the other democrats who dared to endorse Chris Merdon are experiencing at the hands of Ken’s supporters, the emails from Ken’s campaign imploring supporters to write to their friends to vote for Ken in order to prevent Chris from redrawing the new councilmatic districts (never mind it is the County Council’s responsibility), a campaign devoid of ideas, a campaign resorting to push polls “Do you plan to vote for Ken Ulman? No? Then are you supporting Chris Merdon’s plan for (fill in the blank). Thank you. Good bye”. Seriously that is what you get if you say you don’t plan on voting for Ken. They figure if you aren’t voting for Ken then they want to push you into the Wallis corner or depress Merdon turn out.
Alright, what do we know. Ken and Calvin will be there. It is about the future of downtown Columbia. They are holding it on Friday probably hoping to make the Sunday papers and announcing it late so Merdon can’t respond with his own press conference (smart move).
It is my opinion that coming the weekend before the election they will be some real big ideas and new initiatives. Being about downtown Columbia it could be anything related to the redevolpment (aka Ken’s big infill deal with General Growth), Merriweather (what else can he say that he hasn’t already said), or something to please one of his special interest endorsements?
Your thoughts? Hurry up, we only have until 12 PM.
Ann wins the prize. Thanks for playing.
The Baltimore Sun beat us to the 12PM deadline.
More Merriweather and Symphony Woods: How noble. He is recycling his old stuff. He must think he can win on Columbia alone. Problem here folks!!!! The County doesn’t own either of these places. He can’t convert it or rename it unless he plans to buy it.
He completely reversed himself on height restrictions and the number of housing units in Town Center. Obviously this man is “a product of strong convictions and principles.”
Ulman calls this an evolution. I call it catch up to Merdon I need to shore up my base in Columbia.
Hayduke is correct when he says “…Ulman is guided by bold principles and a strong vision for our future…” Problem for Ken is that those principles and vision are Chris Merdon’s and now he if clearly following Merdon.
If I told you three years ago that by 2006 … Oh, never mind.