Saturday, September 09, 2006

Cutting and Running in Prince George's

Jack Johnson won't debate his opponent, Rushen Baker, in the race for Prince George's County Executive. However, at least Johnson got some exercise running away from Baker's attempt to chase him down for a debate right as Jesse Jackson had just finished endorsing Jack Johnson, who it appears Jackson has known well for at least a good half-hour before endorsing him. As the Washington Post will report in a front-page story in its Saturday edition:
But as Jackson spoke, former county executive Wayne K. Curry (D), one of those who this week endorsed Baker, and then Baker himself arrived and pushed to the front of the crowd. As the news conference ended, Baker surged forward to shake Jackson's hand and then edged toward Johnson. "Jack!" he called out.

Surrounded by aides and supporters, Johnson quickly turned and walked away, crossing an open walkway of the shopping center and retreating into a nearby restaurant while Baker's supporters shouted after him. "You can run, but you can't hide!" they yelled.

More details on Maryland Politics Watch.


Blogger Livin_In_PrinceGeorge's said...

David, you are spot-on in your observation about Jessie Jackson's real knowledge of Jack Johnson, like basically nil.

Despite the wild nature of this event, the real question is why won't Johnson debate Baker. My conclusion after studying Johnson's record is that he realizes he can't stand toe-to-toe and debate successfully on any issues because most of what he has "done" has been spin.

He keeps PRing how crime is down in the county, but there are two things that bother me about these claims: (1) I have not been able to get any of the crime statistics past January 2006; and (2) Violent crime rose to its highest level in 20 years under Johnson.

Plus the police hate him because as county prosecutor, he prosecuted 11 police officers in 7 separate police brutality cases, and didn't get one conviction. Many have concluded--including myself--that Johnson knew he had weak cases against the police, and just used these cases to build name recognition for himself so he could someday run for County Executive.

Finally, for my money, I don't much like the way county employees have been kicked around under his administation. It's been really brutal. Check out:

I actually voted for Johnson in 2002, but there is no way in hell he's getting my vote this year.

9/10/2006 10:36:00 PM  

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