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June 27, 2014


Roy Meachum

Because of the elections Tuesday, I’m thinking of politicians, the breed in general. The human beings who live for, by and willingly on the crowd’s approval – those!


Somebody’s bound to be rejected, naturally. The fact doesn’t dissuade many. From a single voting, there has to be loser – and winner. The triumphant few enjoy the perquisites of the office and the privileges. I mean the many who are skunked. You can read the newspapers for their names.


A week before the balloting, I recommended those worthy of being elected; the mass of voters did not agree.


The biggest loser was state Sen. David Brinkley. I thought he was a keeper. Del. Michael Hough shot him down, emulating Alex Mooney, who was sent packing to West Virginia – after the last election. Still, David had class. Pity. The Frederick News-Post narrative included the winner’s wife and daughters. Mr. Hough shifted his eyes in the manner of Mr. Mooney.


David Gray set out to lose, but not by much. The surveys agreed and so did the voting. Before last Tuesday, Blaine Young was favored to walk all over him. Surprisingly, Mr. Gray stood in the gale, and survived; he managed 34 percent of general public. He’ll be useful for Jan Gardner and not passively; she’s the Democrat’s taking on Mr. Young in the November’s election for county executive.


State Sen. Ron Young managed to come through the initial voting, and so did former Aldermen Karen Young and Carol Krimm. If Mrs. Young, as noted in the Baltimore Sun, pulls the big balloon by getting elected, the state senator and the new delegate will represent the first couple in Maryland to achieve the General Assembly.


The new face is Bud Otis; this time running alone – without U.S. Representative Roscoe Bartlett before him. He triumphed in the Republican primary for an at-large seat on the new county council.


Scott Rolle appears to have a judge’s seat in mind; his ex-wife wants to be Register of Wills. There were a slew of candidates for the register’s position. Mr. Rolle, a former county state’s attorney will have the harder route, facing incumbent Circuit Court Judge Dan O’Connor, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this year.


There you are. The incumbents and wannabe you pay your choice and get what politicians are unattached.


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