Rarely does a comment to this blog warrant it's own post, but Kittleman campaign chair Michael Davis has earned a rare privilege.
In his comment to my most recent post, Mike authors an eloquent exposition on local politicians of his political stripe. Mike is a proud Republican and that's terrific. Yet, as so many do these days-- from all points on the political spectrum-- many of his comments range from the simply erroneous to abject fabrications in which words and opinions are inferred on my part which simply don't exist. So I find that his comment deserves it's own retort, in my own special manner.
Therefore, below-- I give you the comment of Michael Davis, interspersed with my own commentary in the Red Text O' Truth!
Bill, I think your analysis says a lot more about how you view the world rather than how Chuck Ecker and Bob Kittleman viewed the world or how Allan Kittleman shares his views today. Well, it is an opinion-based blog. Your partisanship is showing - loudly. Okie-dokie (eye roll). As you know, I have worked with all three, and extensively with both Chuck and Allan. Instead of disputing each of your erroneous conclusions, I would suggest looking at what each actually did in office on behalf of the citizens of Howard County. OK, so, did I say that any of the three of them failed to do anything on behalf of the citizens of Howard County? Scanning through the post-- no, I didn't. So please don't put words in my mouth. Thanks.
Chuck came into office and immediately had to make very difficult decisions to correct the disastrous fiscal mess that was left behind by the prior administration. He did so efficiently, inclusively, and with a sense of humor. When his terms ended in 1998, he left Howard County in a much better position than when he found it. I don't see where anything I write is in disagreement with that. Chuck did a good job-- too bad a lot of local Republicans abandoned him when he ran for Governor. I certainly spoke well of Chuck's character. "Folksy" means "relatable", down to earth-- c'mon, Mike, don't be so angry.
Bob Kittleman's record as a civil rights activist is already well established. Few did more than Bob. His record in the General Assembly, where he was always a member of a small minority, was principled and based on common sense. When he passed, he left a wide range of friends that crossed all political lines. And I think all that was written about Bob was that he was the major Republican figure in state politics for what, two decades? I think any Maryland political historian will support my observation that the Mathias/Morella/Aris Allen Republican gave way to the Kittleman/Flanagan/Bartlett variety. Not my opinion, nor a particularly partisan one. Simply fact.
And Allan? He has already done so much to benefit Howard County! He has been able to bring to fruition many long wished for projects that prior County Executives shied away from addressing. These projects include, among others, building a new Court House, establishing the Non-Profit Collaborative Center, and turning the Harriet Tubman School into a real community resource. He made the Downtown Columbia Plan actually work, and did an incredible job managing the emergencies in Elliott City. And, he has gotten unanimous support on his budgets while working with a heavily Democratic County Council. I could go on, but won't. Oh, please, don't, because you have beaten me thoroughly about the head and shoulders-- not. I have written hundreds of employee evaluations over the years. If I gave Allan a performance rating it would be, at best "meets expectations"-- and I believe a truly partisan evaluation would be "below expectations". Pretty much every single thing you list there, I would expect any capable public administrator to achieve. Every single thing you mention, except for of course, the floods, was something planned or discussed in the prior administration. And, I dunno, Mike, but I think Ken Ulman or Courtney Watson woulda rolled up their sleeves in downtown EC as well. In fact-- Courtney did as a private citizen. I have no knowledge of what Ken may have done in a private capacity.
What I do find curious there, is that though you stopped-- doubtless from your charity-- you failed to mention Allan's help in removing the Confederate monument from the courthouse. Could that be because that act ticked off many Republicans? Seems to me, if you wanted to mention how Allan governs so inclusively, you woulda mentioned that. But you didn't. So I just did. You're welcome.
All politics are local, and these three gentlemen have records that can be compared very favorably with any other elected officials in the history of our County. This means that each worked effectively with both Democrats and Republicans, not to mention a fair number of Independents, for the benefit of all of us. To try and marginalize their efforts on our behalf by placing a partisan prism over record does a disservice to us all. Uh, Mike? You read my post, right? Because there is absolutely zero in my post that marginalized any of them. In fact, the very point of my post is to state that because of Allan's Republican roots, which run deep, he is true to his party. Are you saying that a partisan Republican is incapable of governing? I believe you give your party too little credit. And why are you denying Allan's political upbringing and heritage? It's certainly no sin to be a Republican-- even now. He is certainly a well-respected and valued Republican leader. His campaign slogan has been emulated by Republican campaigns on all levels across the state this year. Why, it's almost as if he is some sort of strategic thought leader in the Maryland Republican Party.
Now if you're saying that a partisan Republican is incapable of governing competently-- I guess that's the question the voters of Howard County will answer come November, wouldn't you agree?
There you have it, folks. Why do you think Mike reacted like that? He said I said things I never even said! Or even wrote. As much as I'd really, really, really like to believe that the conservative Republican politics of Washington DC, haven't permeated Howard County, I wonder! Curious, indeed.
What did he say the other day? "What you are reading and what you are seeing really isn't what is happening?" Hmmm. A lot to unpack.
And let's be careful out there.
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