Even with my endorsement of Charles Lollar last week, I expressed some reservations with some of the problems he has had with members of his campaign team, especially in light of my own experiences with them online and when they visited my neighborhood in the middle of the night.
Late last week, Charles Lollar reached out to me through an influential Republican to let me know that my concerns had been heard, and that he was making moves to address them. However, about the same time, something else happened that gave me pause.
If you missed it last week, Lollar’s Eastern Regional Coordinator, Julie Brewington, used the word “retards” on Twitter in a heated political conversation. She later deleted the tweets, but not before being called on it by a special needs advocate and blogger. Mark Newgent blogged more about it later. Brewington ended up avoiding debate on the subject while claiming to block people on Twitter who were upset about it. She later alleged it was all ginned up as part of Red Maryland’s conspiracy against her.
Here’s what the advocate, via Adventures in Extreme Parenthood, had to say about it:
Call me crazy but something tells me Charles Lollar for Governor of Maryland wouldn’t be pleased to find out his Eastern Regional Coordinator is using hate speech on Twitter to berate those who disagree with his politics.
I may not be a republican but you can bet your ass that if I was I wouldn’t vote for someone who allowed one of their senior campaign staff to get away with crap like this:
In light of all of the above plus some other things that have happened (or not happened), I am withdrawing my endorsement of Charles Lollar. I am not endorsing anyone else anytime soon, if at all. I look forward to hearing more about the things Lollar told me (through an intermediary) would be happening.
I may revisit making an endorsement at some point in the future and conceivably it could be Lollar again.
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.