By Delegate Kirill Reznik (D-39).
You may not know it, but there is a war raging. It’s mostly among my 3,000 or so Facebook friends. You see, apparently there is a civil war between the Clintonite, corporatist pseudo-fascists and the Sanderista, Marxist communists for the Presidency of…yeah, it’s the County Executive Primary. By the way, these are not my descriptions, these are how you have described supporters of David Blair and Marc Elrich. Don’t believe me? I have screenshots.
It doesn’t matter that we all agree on literally 90% of all issues. Yes, that’s right, we do. But recently, it has become popular to discount any politician or elected official who doesn’t agree with you 100% of the time as the worst example of the other side.
Let’s be very, very clear. Republicans don’t actually do this. Yes, they fight in the Primary, and then they back their nominee. Every. Single. Time. And they will do it for Robin Ficker. And they will come out to vote.
I did not support either Marc Elrich or David Blair in the Primary. I did not support David Trone for Congress. I did enthusiastically support Ben Jealous for Governor. But I would have supported Rushern Baker or Rich Madaleno or anyone else, just like I plan to support the Democratic nominees for County Executive and Congress. Why? Because they are all 1,000 times better than the alternative. David Blair is not going to sell the County to the highest bidder and Marc Elrich is not going to put us all into gulags.
I guarantee you that the Republicans will be out in force in November to back Larry Hogan, Amie Hoeber and Ficker, and they will pretend that they are all moderate to siphon votes from our side. They are so afraid of an educated, healthy and reasonably compensated middle class workforce that they will vote for the Republican nominees no matter what.
They will portray Hogan as moderate. The guy who nominated a gun nut who thinks that Democrats are responsible for mass shootings to the Handgun Permit Review Board. The guy who nominated a woman who thinks doctors who perform legal abortions should lose their license to practice medicine to the Maryland Board of Physicians. The guy who exploited an alleged rape in a high school to deny Montgomery County Public Schools a waiver to extend the school year for five days. The guy who called teachers “thugs.” They will portray him as a moderate and they will be out in force to elect him.
They will portray Amie Hoeber as a moderate. The woman who thinks that separating children from their parents is a “complicated issue.” The one who will vote for a right wing Speaker of the House dead set on rubber-stamping Donald Trump’s agenda. They will be out in force for her too.
And if you doubt they will also vote for Robin Ficker, you are kidding yourself. So go ahead, split the vote with an independent run, launch a write-in campaign, do it all. Cut up the Democratic vote so much that a camouflage shorts-wearing sociopath becomes County Executive. Don’t think it could happen? Take a look at the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who received 93,000 votes in Montgomery County.