Posted by Jim Walsh on Friday, February 15, 2008
After two days, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest has finally issued a brief statement admitting defeat and congratulating (sort of) unspecified individuals for their campaign.
From the Baltimore Sun, Thursday, 2/14/08: “Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest has just issued a brief statement on his defeat two days ago in the Republican primary election for the First Congressional District. He did not name state Sen. Andy Harris, who won the GOP nomination after a bitter campaign that also included state Sen. E.J. Pipkin.
“’I would like to congratulate all of the campaigns and their supporters who worked so hard in this election,’ said the 61-year-old Gilchrest, serving his ninth term representing the district that includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Anne Arundel, Howard [sic, Harford] and Baltimore counties. ‘It is a real sacrifice to participate in the political process, and having been through many campaigns, I commend each candidate and their families who made the sacrifice to do so.'”
I realize that political defeat is a bitter pill to swallow, but I think it’s a shame that one of the last memories of Rep. Gilchrest’s distinguished service will be the petty and ungracious behavior he has exhibited since his defeat on Tuesday. There is no mention of, much less congratulation to, State Sen. Andy Harris. Rep. Albert Wynn, who also was defeated on Tuesday, was much more gracious in his concession, noting “As I said last night, this seat does not belong to any one person – it belongs to you.” Apparently Rep. Gilchrest came to believe that this was his seat and always should be.
When running against an incumbent, I think it’s fair game to call the incumbent out on his record. Some media types characterize this as negative campaigning, but what is more characteristic of a healthy democracy than an honest debate over policy (as opposed to personality) issues. If the challenger did not attack the incumbent’s record, they would be written off as “not giving us any good reason to make a change.”
I hope that Republicans can still rally together to hold this seat come November. I still carry thoughts of what might have been had Helen Delich Bentley gotten over her surprise primary defeat and supported Ellen Sauerbrey in 1994.
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Posted by David Keelan on Monday, January 14, 2008
Dave Wissing has pointed out that John McCain is surging in the polls in some of the most important upcoming primary states. The New York Times is writing about it too; McCain Rises in Fluid G.O.P. The NYT did a poll but they don’t really tell us why they think McCain is surging.
I haven’t settled on anyone as I write this and I admit I had written of McCain like most everyone else. Then Bhutto was assasinated. It was scary. Such a volitale situation every where you turn. As soon as I heard about Bhutto my mind wandered over to John McCain – I had to take a fresh look.
I came to the conclusion that this is a crazy place we live in. We need an experienced leader. Everyone else can talk about “change” all they want but in this environment I want experience. I want a secure future for my children.
Forget about global warming, health insurance, high taxes, low taxes, deficits, immigration (legal and illegal), and imbalances – just for a moment set those aside. They are important – just set them aside for a moment.
What is the number one constitutional responsibility of the Federal Government? Provide for the national defense. Even then as much as I respect the US Constitution lets set that aside for a moment too.
Who in the field today has a better chance to manage the chaos in the world on day one than anyone else. McCain. That has to be the President’s first priority because everything else won’t matter if the President doesn’t get that right first.
Bill Richardson, I still think he was the most experienced in the Democratic field. Some felt he was really running for Vice President. I would have voted for him for President (he dropped out of course!) and hope that Congress would balance him out domestically. I won’t vote for Clinton. I will take a harder look at Obama – but then we have the experience factor to consider – I am afraid he wants to be the Kumbaya President.
I like Romney, Rudy and Fred. But right now I guess I would have to say what I didn’t think I would say (I hope my father doesn’t read this) I think I am a McCain man.
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Posted by Ed C on Monday, February 5, 2007
On Tuesday February 5th, the Howard County Republican Club will be hosting a Super Tuesday party from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Official announcement and details will be coming soon.
There are 22 primaries and caucuses that will be held that day (from National Association of Secretaries of State):
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho (D), Illinois, Kansas (D), Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico (D), New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah
Who will be left after Iowa (1/3) and New Hampshire (1/8)? Will anyone give a more memorable concession speech than Howard Dean – Yeeeehhhhh!!? Will South Carolina (1/26) or Florida (1/29) cement a front-runner or turn things upside down?
We will also be in the middle of the 2008 MD General Assembly so there should be plenty of local politics to discuss as we gear up for the 2008 elections.
You can join the Republican Club as well as view upcoming events at Howard County Republican Club. As reminder, the Club elections will be held on Thursday Jan 17th (Location to be announced soon.)
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