Kevin Forrest Schmidt is just the gift that keeps on giving. Have you read his latest blog post? It's pretty negative campaigning.
Because Jon and I are of the same mind here on this issue of KFS's qualifications for office. I remember all too well, and many of you may too, former Councilman Charlie Feaga would ask people testifying before the Council, how long they've lived in the county. There isn't a litmus test to citizenship here.
But I do think that when you want to run for public office here, that you should have some relevant experience to the community in which you want to serve. I don't think it would make sense, for example, for Allan Kittleman to run for Montgomery County Executive. He may know MontCo issues and problems, but he's not from there. Has no record of representing there. And no record of community involvement there.
And so that's the thing with Schmidt. He's lived here for about four years, OK, but he hasn't done anything to be involved in this community! And sure, everyone has the right to run, but does everyone have the knowhow to serve? I know a lot of people who wouldn't touch elected office with a hundred foot pole.
And why, in part, is stuff like Schmidt's post. Does he really invoke the Three-Fifths Compromise? Why doesn't he just mention the Dred Scott decision while he's at it? I find that 1. borderline racist and 2. Creepy! His relevant community experience is most certainly an issue. He only claims it isn't, because he realizes he doesn't have much of it.
And it occurs to me that once there was a Republican State Delegate, Don Murphy, who faced a similar dilemna. And he didn't run from the issue of being light on community experience. He played on the experience he did have and on his professional background and on his personal qualities and values. And in the end, he wrote something like, "All I want from you is a chance to prove myself." And he got that chance.
But again-- Don Murphy was a man from the southwest Baltimore County community he represented. He understood the values. It doesn't take four years in a community to understand its values, but clearly, KFS does not. And if you want to run to lead your community, you should understand it.
And so to KFS, the tactic Don Murphy used is foreign to him. KFS is instead going with a strategy very commonly used in Washington, which is the "brand your opponent before they brand you" strategy. Unfortunately, KFS is too late. Jon Weinstein's message for the community is strong, he has a great vision for his first 100 days in office and beyond, and he will make an excellent Council member for District 1.
Howard County doesn't approve of Washington politics. KFS will get that message in two weeks. And he won't be alone.
Let's be careful out there.
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