So the last-minute filings in Howard County's elections have produced one question which looms over all others: Who can stop the path of rage that is the political dreadnought we mere mortals know as Wally Carson????
No, it isn't.
The question is: what the blinking blue Hades is going on with the multiple Siddiqui filing for Delegate in District 13? Candidates have until Thursday close of business to withdraw; will one or both of them bow out? And if not, why did they both file and what's going on?
This I do know, to supplement Amanda Yeager's article. I do think that the Nayab Siddiqui filing caught everyone off guard, by surprise. No one saw this coming. That said, that shoots down the theory I posited last night, which was that possibly one of the current Delegates had decided suddenly not to run again. And even had that been the case, a better, stronger backup plan could have been created for the slate known as Team 13 (Guzzone, Pendergrass, Turner) than Nayab Siddiqui.
In my mind, three major possibilities remain as to how this will play out.
1. The Nayab Siddiqui filing is somehow a power play on his part to, should Janet be elected Delegate, ensure that he gets appointed to fill his wife's seat. I see that as the least likely of the three, not because it depends upon Courtney Watson being elected County Executive, but because Courtney don't play that way.
2. That Janet Siddiqui would like to remain on the School Board and so Nayab is just taking her place on the team. I think more likely than the above, but then, why in Amanda's article is Guy Guzzone, the Senate candidate in 13 and leader of the slate, caught off guard? Are Nayab and Janet all like, "Uh, yeah Guy, we forgot to tell you something...." So that's a little weird.
3. That both Nayab and Janet Siddiqui plan to run for Delegate in District 13. Which is bizarre with a capital BIZARRE. I don't even know how this would work. Especially with one on the slate and one off. Would this mean Janet would be kicked off the slate? I mean, she would have to be, right? There are six candidates for Delegate in 13, so does that mean that Fred Eiland and Vanessa Atterbeary get to be on slates now too? So there would be two slates of Delegate candidates but only one Senate candidate?
I have to admit concern that this is the option where this is going, and I have to say that if this is what's going down, that I hate this. I will spare my personal views until tomorrow night and whatever is to be revealed, is revealed. But suffice it to say that I believe that two Siddiquis in the House of Delegates would be one Siddiqui too many. At least.
By this time tomorrow, we will know. Who woulda thunk that with all the District 12 and 9B strangeness that D13 would bring more than its quota of drama? Sad and unnecessary.
Happy National Kahlua Day, National Strawberry Day and National Polar Bear Day! Something for everyone.
Let's be careful out there. #hocopolitics