Over the weekend, Eric Knowles endorsed Steve Schuh for County Executive in Anne Arundel County. This endorsement was puzzling for a number of reasons.
Why did Knowles make a political endorsement on Easter weekend and actually expect anyone to notice it?
Was this choice of timing intentional or incompetence by Knowles?
Why is a candidate allied with the Campaign for Liberty endorsing a candidate in Steve Schuh who supported the Rain Tax?
Was the endorsement a result of the promise of a favor to Knowles or one that came due after the horrible week Schuh had last week?
It is possible this endorsement was concocted by Steve Schuh after his temper tantrum last week outside the Anne Arundel County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, for which he subsequently apologized. However, I question the judgement of Knowles for getting involved in the middle of what is already becoming a hotly contested primary for County Executive. That race has all appearances of turning into a nasty one and it doesn’t appear that getting involved in it on either side makes much political sense for Knowles.
Whatever the reason, it makes little sense from any standpoint. 6:52 p.m. the night before Easter is not a good time to send out any message you actually want people to read, let alone a political endorsement. It’s the type of thing like what David Vogt did last summer when his failed congressional campaign kept delaying a “big-time” endorsement announcement until a Saturday morning in the summer.
Eric Knowles should be worried about his own opponent Don Quinn more than who wins the county executive race.
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.