It was, as always, a wonderful time today at the Oakland Mills International Festival. Village Manager Sandy Cederbaum and her staff do a wonderful job of rescaling the festival to fit inside the confines of The Other Barn. The building is full but not crowded, the attendees can get around without feeling squeezed. It was a really nice time.
And in this election year, a very political time. Both the Watson and Kittleman campaigns had strong presence at the event, and both County Executive candidates attended.
And there was an interesting visitor who seemed captivated by our County Executive candidates. There was a photographer there taking pictures of both candidates. At first I thought it was David Hobby of HoCo360 fame, but when I went to approach and say hello, it clearly was not. So I excused myself and was polite, and asked who he was. He said he was a "visitor" from North Carolina who was taking pictures of the festival. Said he was visiting family.
I mentioned to two friends that I thought that guy was David and one of them mentioned that he had tried to introduce himself to this gentleman, and again, he said he was from North Carolina. But he did say he was a blogger. When my friend asked if he had a website he said that it was itdoesntmatter.com. I didn't provide a link to that site, but I'm sure that this person wasn't affiliated with some goofy finance website.
So who was he, and why was he so interested in taking pictures of Courtney Watson and Allan Kittleman? He seemed professional and with purpose. I didn't ask anyone with the Kittleman campaign, but he apparently wasn't with the Watson campaign. Methinks it will be interesting to see which mailers come out in these final weeks featuring the other candidate looking most unflattering.
Oh, and by the way, if an active Republican in this county tells you that they're not going to have a slate account in 2014, check the length of the source's nose. Chances are it will grow before your eyes.
Let's be careful out there.
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