Last Saturday marked the monthly meeting with my TheTentacle.com colleagues. As you know, on some days they are markedly more conservative; as a matter of fact, I am consistently the most liberal voice on the website.
We gather for breakfast at Barbara Fritchie’s. Last Saturday we talked of many things, mostly the city’s upcoming primaries that are on September 12, five weeks from today. The focus was on the Democrats’ contest between Alderman Karen Young and Del. Galen Clagett.
Jennifer Dougherty was mentioned; the group didn’t give her much of a chance. She’s running as an Independent. This is the fifth time her name has appeared on ballots, including offering herself for Congress. Roscoe Bartlett, under the former district lines, made short shrift of the former mayor. In another instance she was defeated by Ron Young, who owns the modern record for most terms in City Hall. My objection: She exercises official power for personal gain, including ambitions.
Speaking of State Senator Young: his family name will not be missing. His wife gathered the most votes among aldermen; when the board meets, Karen Lewis Young (wo)mans the gavel. She is the president pro tem of Frederick. In our past encounters she bristled at the thought that anyone else was responsible for her election.
But out in the community, wise people consider her 2009 victory as a result of the Young tidal wave, including the next year of her husband cruising back to Annapolis. The wave is attributed to her son-in-law. Broadcaster Blaine Young and his stepmother don’t agree on much political; never mind, the popularity that contributed to the all-Republican Frederick Board of County Commissioners is held to blame.
Against her fellow Democratic candidate Galen Clagett, the Young name is considerably weaker against his organizational skills. In one instance, The Frederick News-Post daily question was dominated by Clagett fans. They are virtually tied on yard signs. Nobody at the Barbara Fritchie table volunteered the present delegate is shirking the race, particularly with former assistant Carol Krimm expected to stand for his present seat next year.
Then, there’s the matter of Commissioners President Blaine Young’s stance on matters, including the Montevue and Citizens nursing homes, has cost him – and her – votes. It doesn’t look good for Karen; her indignation at police pensions was shared by Shelley Aloi, the only Republican on the all-Democratic Board of Aldermen. She filed for the GOP primary to replace the current mayor.
Nobody at the breakfast gave Ms. Aloi much chance of upsetting incumbent Randy McClement; my conservative friends were mystified. Ma’alesh, as the Egyptians say. (It means, “whatever” in modern American language.) She filed anyway. With only five weeks remaining before the primaries, I am – as yet – not blown out of the water by her campaigning.
This much I know, Americans like to change officials simply for the change itself. That makes no never-mind to me. It seems when there is a non-destructive incumbent in place, the public should let him do what is not disturbing to most people.
That’s my opinion.