OK, so it was option 2.
Janet Siddqui withdrew from the race for Delegate in District 13 on Thursday, deferring to the nascent candidacy of her husband Nayab. Amanda Yeager and Sara Toth tag-teamed on an article here.
So Janet is going to continue her term on the School Board, and she is concerned about potential changes on the board. I've been asked if her decision is based out of concern for Allen Dyer's possible return to the board. I thought about this and I don't think so, especially since Allen lost in the primary last time, and he surely hasn't done anything positive in the last two years. And it's not like Janet would be running directly against Allen anyway.
But if being on the Board of Education is what Janet Siddiqui thinks she can do to best serve the community, I'm all for that.
The other side of the equation is another story.
With all respect to Janet Siddiqui, it was not for her to decide who else may run for that seat. Right off the top of my head, I can think of at least a dozen elected officials, community activists, and prominent residents of District 13 who would make better-qualified members of the House of Delegates than Nayab Siddiqui. Not that Nayab doesn't have credentials. He does. They simply are very weak compared to many others. I respect his professional accomplishments and his involvement on the Democratic Central Committee as an alternate member (and fundraiser), but they do not qualify him for a seat in the General Assembly.
So I'm just going to say this now and be done. I will, under no circumstances, support Nayab Siddiqui for Delegate. The geometry of this entire exercise of the dual filing and the 48-hour later drop out smacks of favoritism with a whiff of arrogance. And I am a Democrat, to be sure. But I don't believe that my party is an arrogant one and I refuse to support activities that smack of arrogance.
And I'll get back to something I wrote yesterday. If you're part of a "team", you don't let your teammates down. You don't line up for a play and then you run another play while the other 10 players run the play that's called. That's a good way to get your team leader destroyed. So while Janet's motivations may be noble, her and her husband's actions smack of selfishness.
In 1998, when Louis Goldstein died about a week before the filing deadline, candidates stepped in to run. Former Congressman Mike Barnes was a particularly impressive candidate. Then on the last day-- in comes William Donald Schaefer and thus started the former Governor's time as Comptroller.
So, a week or even a few days before the deadline, Janet couldn't have revealed her intentions to the rest of the slate? I'm sure Nayab would've been considered, but wouldn't a Calvin Ball, Jen Terrasa, or a lot of other people have been a better choice? And if a current elected official would've been tapped, it would've allowed a quick turnaround for another candidate to take their place for that seat. Seems to me a County Council campaign came to form in very short order recently.
I accept what I see at face value. But I don't have to approve of it and the whole thing strikes me as something that a reasonable, logical person wouldn't do. Therefore this doesn't pass my sniff test and I'll be looking to see what Ms. Atterbeary and Mr. Eiland, the other candidates in District 13, have to offer.
One thing for sure: #ginnywouldnotapprove . (Hell, she would've been a better candidate!) And this whole thing knocked my post planned for Saturday off. But Monday is another day, however.
In the meantime, Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!
Let's be careful out there. #hocopolitics