Last night the Hagerstown Tea Party hosted another candidate forum, we told you about the excellent Senate forum here a couple of weeks ago. The turnout was very good—I’m guessing at least 100 came to listen to nine of 13 seeking to represent the newly drawn 6th District.
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R) attended as did one of the Democrats running—Ron Little. Neither of the presumed front runners on the Democrat side—Robert Garagiola or John Delaney—attended. However, just as I was getting ready to leave for the event last evening, I got a “push-poll” phone call clearly from Garagiola’s gang. I had to laugh as I listened to the questions because they were so unbelievably slanted that I joked on several occasions with the caller about the bias. (I think he thought it was funny too). Garagiola must be loaded with money for calls like the one I received and all the pieces of mail we receive from him almost daily it seems.
There was no particular highlight that stands out from last night. The lowlight however came in the opening minutes as each candidate was given a couple of minutes to say what they were all about. That charming (not!) MD Senator David Brinkley took some of his time to lambaste Del. Kathy Afzali for leaving Annapolis before a certain vote yesterday which was a personal assault that moderators had just moments before forbidden.
One of the motivating concerns for Tea Partiers from the outset is that generally we are sick of a certain style of politicking.
Most of us just want to hear the issues discussed, hear the candidates opinions and plans, look at their records, and observe who works hard to meet voters and establish a grassroots campaign. I think everyone is sick to death of personal attacks and dirty campaigning.
Brinkley just continuing the feud?
I told you the other day that Brinkley had sent out a press release attacking Afzali by saying she should be working at Burger King. Yesterday, instead of showing some class and apologizing for what was clearly a demeaning and sexist attack on Afzali, his campaign doubled down and didn’t apologize to Afzali but instead apologized to Burger King.
And, apparently they don’t even have the guts to put those two press releases on their campaign website, here.
Here then are a couple of lines from yesterday’s “apology” release from Brinkley (contact me if you want the whole release):
In an effort to make a point, this campaign suggested that, “Considering the ‘Whopper’ she served up at the Chamber forum, Delegate Afzali should be working at Burger King.”
We were wrong and we offer our sincerest apologies to the people of Burger King.
Readers, so what do you think? Should someone busying himself with such juvenile tactics be representing you in Congress?
Straw poll results tell the story
Your 4 State (WHAG-TV) got this short piece out immediately last night. They too took note of Brinkley blindsiding Afzali.
They also published this breakdown of the straw poll:
* Roscoe Bartlett 27%
* Joseph Krysztoforski 26%
* Brandon Rippeon 12%
* Robert Coblentz 8%
* Robin Ficker 8%
* Kathy Afzali 7%
* David Brinkley 5%
* Peter James 4%
* Ron Little 1%
* John Delaney 1% (Did not attend)
If the Krysztoforski vote surprises you, it doesn’t surprise me. He has worked very hard over a couple of years to build a grassroots network throughout the district.
Update: Here is the Herald-Mail report.