Howard County has a wonderful opportunity to rid itself of a totally opportunistic, would-be family political dynasty whose level of achievement is so terribly undistinguished, it's actually been harmful to this community. I'm talking about the Siddiquis, Janet and Nayab, who have desecrated our community with their presence for far too long.
Janet's time upon the Board of Education has been nothing short of catastrophic. After all this time on the board, here's what we know about Janet: 1) She's a physician and 2) As a physician, she cares about ALL the students in Howard County public schools. (the "ALL" is to mimic her emphasis whenever she says that sentence, which is all the time.) We have no idea that she stands for anything. Oh, except "excellence". Thank God no one on the Board of Education stands for mediocrity.
And we also know about Janet that she has ambitions. Or, does she? She was originally going to be part of the ticket for State Delegate in District 13 in the 2014 election. Then, Janet decided to switch, and instead, self-nominated her husband, Nayab, a Democratic fundraiser and Central Committee member, onto the slate. Now, some have told me that this was ol' Nayab's scheme all along. And maybe it was. But the net effect was, gone was Janet, and on came the eventual Delegate, Vanessa Atterbeary.
So at this point, I ask: is there any doubt why the bill that Delegate Atterbeary sponsored to elect board members by district was opposed by the school board? That was payback, pure and simple. The bill was not evaluated on its merits and was summarily dismissed. Delegate Atterbeary could've written a bill guaranteeing every HCPSS graduate a six figure income starting at the age of 25 and it wouldn't have been supported by this board.
And a word about Nayab. Now, I know I believe that Columbia needs more gas stations. But good ol' Nayab has never seen a gas station location he didn't like. All those ugly, creamsicle looking Janet Siddiqui signs you see at Exxons over the past couple days? That's Nayab. That sign represents a gas station's pie in which he has a finger.
And of course, there was Nayab's campaign for Delegate in 2014, after his presence was not welcomed with Team 13. He staged a campaign which was funded primarily by-- you guessed it-- the gas station owners, and their gas station owner association! Oh, by the way, this association doesn't want any competition. Like the Royal Farms proposed for Minstrel Lane. Or anywhere else for that matter.
I haven't dug much into Nayab's business practices, but I will. I do understand he's still kind of angry about being dissed for Delegate. Of course, ultimately, it wasn't Team 13 that rejected him. It was the people. Don't worry, Nayab. It happens to the best of us.
And if the people of Howard County have any sense at all, they'll send the Siddiquis home packing this April, so they can think about their life that never was.
Incidentally, there is one, and only one, Siddiqui I will ever support for public office. And that would be Jahantab Siddiqui, currently Allan Kittleman's Deputy Chief of Staff. So no one better accuse me of hating on Siddiquis.
Rather, I have no use for people who stumble across third base and act like they've hit a triple. And that's this couple. Let's get rid of them.
Let's be careful out there. How ya like the new font?
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