What was Ron George’s press secretary thinking?


Tommy Rodriguez, Ron George’s deputy campaign manager and press secretary, sent out a press release today. Rodriguez is yet another gubernatorial campaign press guy who is hostile to bloggers so I didn’t get it directly from the campaign, but I did manage to get it nonetheless.

Here’s the release:

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2014
Media Contacts: Tommy Rodriguez – (410) 544-3128


Annapolis, Md. – Ron George, Republican candidate for Governor of Maryland, has released the following statement:

“Governor O’Malley invited legislators on the final day of session to a reception at the Governor’s House. So, never missing an opportunity to invoke humor in the midst of what could be an awkward moment, I brought a tape measurer and began measuring the curtains. When the Governor came over asking what I was doing, I asked him if he would not mind holding the other end. I thanked him for seeing the humor in the situation. The whole room burst into laughter. The two pictures below tell the story.”

The pictures referred to in the statement include the one I used at the top of this post and the one I’ve included at the bottom of this post.

These pictures were taken the day of Sine Die, which was April 7. Even if this release might have been newsworthy in the days immediately following Sine Die, it’s extremely stale for a press release 15 days later on April 22. With that being said, I really don’t think it was newsworthy enough for a press release even when it wasn’t old. Too many campaigns are under the mistaken perception that just sending it out as a release makes it newsworthy. They should ask a reporter or editor about this notion sometime if that’s what they think.

Of course, I’m trying to figure out what a tape “measurer” is as opposed to a tape measure. It’s hard to tell if that’s a typo or a mistaken idea of what the term really is. Additionally, the proper name (denoted by capitalized words normally) of the house the governor and his family reside in is Government House, not the “Governor’s House.”  Granted, you could say the “governor’s house” in that instance but not the capitalized form of it, if you wanted to be correct.

The pictures themselves aren’t particularly visually appealing (that could be a result of the camera or photographer used) and I’m not sure how appealing to bipartisanship and your cordial relationship with Martin O’Malley helps in a GOP primary situation.  All in all, this seems like an incredibly misguided press release that will likely get little or no coverage and plenty of mocking.


Jeff Quinton

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