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October 10, 2014

Into the Voting Booth

Roy Meachum

Of course, like everyone I know, I have friends in both Democratic and Republican parties. Three weeks from Tuesday, we’ll face the election machines. Again.


We’re not talking about one being excluded. If I knew somebody “green,” and compute his rightness, I’d vote for him or her. I’m reminded of the saying: “Excess is too much.” There are politicians who verge on “excess.” David Brinkley was not one of them, as you know from my computer; he was dumped. Del. Michael Hough did the dumping back when the primaries occurred. He is pupil of ex-State Sen. Alex X. Mooney.


But I never liked Senator Mooney, who occupied the seat before Ron Young. Coming from Louisiana, I didn’t adjust to in-your-face politics; there was lots of it when I lived at home, in New Orleans. Senator Mooney was more of the same. Mr. Hough had no delicacy. Mr. Mooney crowded in. The former state senator made a great trick of celebrating his victories. When he lost, he proceeded to give up on Maryland, moved to West Virginia. How Alex justified the move to himself remains a mystery.


Kathy Afzali also remains a mystery. She lists Middletown as her hometown; but the accent doesn’t square with Frederick County. The first time I was exposed to her, she came up with a series of dialects, confusing me further. She forms herself as greedy and can’t do anything. You read The Frederick News-Post; what she does with her life comes out…nothing.


By contrast, Kelly Schulz does everything. She’s a charming human being and has more – in the skull – than Ms. Afzali. Among accomplishments, Ms. Schulz takes to politics: whether appraising or doing nothing. She’s a fully-grown adult. That’s the highest praise I can offer.


So, I would like to say very good things about Charlie Smith, the long-time state’s attorney. I am in love with him, like the sons I have. My great sympathy goes to Scott Rolle, who occupied the office for 12 years starting in 1994. But he’s not going make hay against Danny O’Connor, the currently sitting judge.


Let me consider the “commissioners” with their power diminished. They’ve got responsibilities to match their duties. Blaine Young should do very well. There’s always a problem when she, Jan Gardner, can light his fire. Up to now, I can’t see any danger.


Billy Shreve, Kirby Delauter and Paul Smith had the exhilaration of victory in the 2010 races. I figured someone will fall. Certainly in the at-large contests, Democrats Linda Norris and Susan Reeder Jesse will contend with Republicans “Bud” Otis and Billy Shreve. Mr. Otis came from Capitol Hill. Ms. Jesse is the daughter of former Commission Bruce Reeder.


In two years Hillary Clinton figures to take on the GOP gang.


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