Far be it from me to quarrel with a fellow HoCo blogger-- as we all know, I'm not the quarrelling type. And I certainly wouldn't typically quarrel with someone who put my big mug AND a link to my blog on one of his most recent blog posts. However--- quarrel I must. BLOG WARS ARE ON!!!! Jessie, this is the moment you've dreaded for years-- bloggers at each other's throats!!!!!
Nevertheless, I do recall Courtney Watson making an announcement of sprts last night. But it was not definitively that she was running for County Executive. It was that she was "strongly considering" running for Exec. And as Wordbones totally accurately states in his post, her comments were basically a restaement of things that her supporters already knew. Moreover, she stated that some sort of formal announcement will come at another time.
OK, so why is it important for me to make this distinction? Well, I think it's fair that elected officials do keep in the back of their minds what their role will be in the next election-- will they run for re-election, seek higher office, if so which office, etc. This is how they serve the people and earn their livelihood for the most part. I've no issue there.
But if ANYONE actually announced that they were running for the county's highest office now, not even a year removed from the last general election-- I would kind of have a problem with a campaign season that lasted from October 2011 to September 2014, when the primary election for County Executive would be held. Heavens knows we have enough problems with perpetual campaigns on the Federal and even statewide levels. Let's not confront those evils locally as well.
I will offer this contrast to the portrayal of Watson as not often seeing eye to eye with County Executive Ulman. I do see the two as being very similar insofar as being supportive of business and economic development in Howard County, and of positioning the county as a regional leader. Both have been supportive of the redevelopment of downtown Columbia and of the revitalization the of US 1 and US 40 corridors. I do see Watson's role as a legislator as different from Ulman's as an executive-- the former role is much more about being questioning and deliberative, while the latter is abote direction and vision. Of course, the two are not mututally exclusive, and to be sure, should she run for Executive, Courtney Watson will be measured in part on the basis of her direction and vision for the county. But if she runs-- in due time. Please, not now!!!