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January 27, 2015

Wrong Rhubarb

Roy Meachum

Del. Kathy Afzali (R., 4th) has picked the wrong battle. Chuck Jenkins yielded the county GOP chair in order to accept the sheriff’s job – confirming my initial impression.


In her home several political seasons ago, Ms. Afzali gave the impression of insecurity. At the time she was writing for The Frederick News-Post. She began to accumulate criticism – but not within her four walls. Her husband led the cheers; her children were equally boisterous. Whatever the reaction, I didn’t go along.


In contrast, Chuck Jenkins loyally supported the GOP candidates until it came time to run for the sheriff’s chair. Most people didn’t know he was a senior detective in the office before. I had trouble with the off-duty deputies employed by the Frederick cinemas. Ethan Saylor, who suffered from Down’s syndrome, wanted to see the moving picture again. His interaction with those deputies resulted in his death. At oversized, he didn’t hear much in the negative static.


Ms. Afzali, I was frightened to learn, is the delegation chairman; it came about when state Sen. David Brinkley was dumped – thanks to Michael Hough. He was a delegate allied with Alex Mooney, which meant a lot of money to spend. By the way, his mentor is now Congressman Mooney – having switched West Virginia for Maryland.


By way of background, Ms. Afzali has a chorine’s language. Her patois tends to rough words. She uses all-the-wrong phrases. She swapped in for pragmatism instead of political; she knows what she’s about – better a knee to a groin. By contrast, Mr. Jenkins has the world of good-will – conceived and built by individual GOP candidates.


The fact Chuck Jenkins and Alex Mooney belong to the same party rates as a great shame. Kathy Afzali sees it as a pity. Of course, the swing to the Republicans in last fall’s elections may mean everything.


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