A story from The Gazette on upcoming political events has this section on the MSEA convention (emphasis added):
Oct. 18-19: Candidates for governor are expected to descend on the annual Maryland State Educators Association Convention in Ocean City as they jockey for the union’s endorsement. So far, Craig and Gansler have confirmed they will be at the convention. Brown’s camp hinted at the same, while Lollar’s representative did not know of the convention or what MSEA was.
The fact that someone responsible for speaking to the media from the Lollar campaign didn’t even know about the MSEA (Maryland State Education Association) convention or even know what the MSEA was should be a cause for major concern for anyone still on the fence about whether Lollar’s campaign is competent.
Assuming there was a legitimate reason for someone not knowing who the MSEA was, or if a question got asked about an actual obscure topic, the smart way to handle that might have been to say you didn’t know if he was going and tell the reporter you’d get back to them on it.
Of course, competence is not something the Lollar campaign has demonstrated a lot of recently. Earlier this week, I pointed out at pathetic email sent by the Lollar campaign. In addition to this email, he had the gaffe of using a bus with Delaware plates for his kickoff tour.
The Lollar camp is sticking to their explanation that the bus was donated by a donor who moved to Delaware and they apparently can’t see why anyone might think it’s a bad visual for a candidate for Maryland governor to be riding around in a vehicle from out of state. The disarray of the Lollar campaign has become evident with high profile departures as well.
Additionally, the Lollar campaign has a reputation for cheapness, not frugality, among vendors to the point that I’ve heard the campaign has tried to get out of paying for services already rendered.
At least he belatedly answered all of the questions Brian Griffiths had about him paying himself a salary out of his congressional campaign account and issues related to the New Day PAC previously. Additionally, he had the high-profile endorsement from Blaine Young.
A few months ago, Greg Kline said that Lollar’s campaign “raises doubts in my mind that Mr. Lollar and his many loyal and hard working supporters really have an adequate understanding of the intricacies of running a statewide electoral campaign. While Mr. Lollar is an intriguing candidate, I have to report my candid opinion that he does not seem ready to be a serious contender for the Office of Governor of Maryland.”
I would say the above assessment remains valid. Despite the enthusiasm and fervor of his supporters and the fact that Lollar is a dynamic speaker, he has to do something about his campaign structure so that it’s well-run in a professional manner. Otherwise, his credibility is going to continue to slide and his campaign will not be an effective one.
Regardless of what his supporters say about him not having a campaign run by professional consultants and that being a good thing, there are some things that every campaign must do well to be successful. These things could be done well by people who aren’t necessarily the most experienced campaign consultants, but whatever the Lollar campaign is doing now in this regard isn’t working.
Luckily for Lollar, there is still time to turn it around and he isn’t the only candidate for Governor with internal campaign problems.
Of course, what do I know? I’m just a blogger who nobody reads (supposedly), but continually trashes.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.