Thursday, September 21, 2006

Who Won Again? The Gazette Attacks Raskin

Originally posted at MoCoPolitics

Sorry to harp on this, but it just shocks me that the Gazette seems to think that Ida Ruben won the District 20 state senate election. According to the Gazette, Jamie Raskin's facing "new scrutiny", and "some say loss of Ruben may hurt Silver Spring."

Note to the Gazette: Raskin hasn't even been elected or sworn in, and you are judging him wanting. Doesn't he get at least a week to celebrate his win without you pouting about your endorsed candidate getting her ass kicked?

Nobody ever again tell me about the wall between news and editorial at the Gazette, that's for sure.

So who are these "some" who think Ruben's departure is a bad thing? Not the voters -- they elected Raskin by just short of 2-1. So who says all this?

Ida's supporters, that's who. Kathy Porter, still yammering even after the election. Kathy, Kathy, Kathy -- you LOST. Even the business guy quoted in the Gazette who doesn't know Raskin showed more tact and sense than Porter did. And how in the world can Porter claim that this election season was bad for Takoma Park? Raskin, Franchot, Mizeur, Elrich and Leventhal -- all from Takoma Park, all winners. Last I checked, Ida's from Hillandale.

Ida, of course, doesn't take any responsibility for her defeat -- she blames the voters. ‘‘I didn’t think the people would buy into the negatives and untruths my opponent was giving,” she said.

Please. And you had nothing negative to say about anyone, Ida? And last I heard, you never even had the grace to call Raskin and concede. And your statement on your website promises to cooperate with everyone from Mike Miller to the Montgomery County delegation -- but not with your replacement. Nice. Glad to see you put your constituents at the top of the list of your concerns, Senator.

You're going out with absolutely no class, lady. Not a surprise to those of us who've watched you over the decades, but still, one would have hoped for a bit more dignity in the end.


Blogger Gilbert said...

Moco, Moco, Moco, you have to understand the realities of Kathy Porter's position. You think all the favors and funding Ruben bestowed on Takoma Park and Silver Spring didn't come with strings attached? Porter and other seated politicians in District 20 would have faced the Wrath of Ruben if they'd backed her challenger and lost.

Porter merely stated a fact to the Gassette reporter - that District 20 is losing a senior legislator. That's not a criticism of Raskin. The fact that the district state senator is no longer as powerful or connected as he/she used to be is of realistic concern to a local politician.

- Gilbert

9/21/2006 01:22:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

The Gazette is shilling for Dead Beehive Walking. Ink is not even dry on the certification of Raskin - maybe not even inked at all in light of the fiasco - and they are p---ing on his capacity to serve the district. Maybe being new actually helps him, allows him to see with fresh eyes, people who hated Ruben's guts in Annapolis may be willing to try working with Raskin. The Gazette will be his harshest critic, which is fine, except he barely has had time to shower and shave since Election Day, and he has no duties now. Time to go fishing, he won't have much chance for a while.

9/21/2006 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger MoCoPolitics said...

Gilbert, Gilbert, Gilbert, Gilbert (I did one more than you -- so there):
I'm not upset that Porter backed Ruben. That's her prerogative, I suppose, and as you say, Ida had ways of persuading people to do her bidding. I am bothered by two things: one, the vehemence of Mayor Porter's support of a clearly inferior candidate, even late in the campaign when the handwriting was on the wall, and more than anything else (2) why she is keeping it up after Ida got kicked to the curb?

The correct response at this point would have been something along the lines of the following: "I find it disappointing that the voters didn't consider Ida's seniority in making their decisions. However, Jamie Raskin is a fine man who I am sure will represent Takoma Park and District 20 with distinction. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the District 20 team, including long-time incumbent Delegate Sheila Hixson, to help ensure that Takoma Park and Silver Spring continue to get a fair share of the state's funding."

That would have been politically astute -- her actual comments were stupid, and seemed oblivious to the fact that the election had already taken place.

Rule 1, Kath: say something nice about the winner. You're going to need his help in the future. Don't piss him off.

9/21/2006 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger frank sinatra said...

None of you know what Kathy Porter actually said; you only know what small piece of the interview the Gazette excerpted to fit in its story. Knowing Kathy, I bet she did say something diplomatic about Jamie but the Gazette didn't use it.

9/22/2006 11:19:00 AM  

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