Before I begin, this post deals with the above question in the context of asking why Charles Lollar’s supporters and campaign team members say that he is the only Republican candidate who can win in November.
You might recall this Doug Gansler comment about Anthony Brown back in August that got Gansler in trouble:
I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African American governor of Maryland,’ ” Gansler (D) told the group. “That’s a laudable goal, but you need a second sentence: ‘Because here’s what I’ve done, and here’s why I’ve done it.’ ”
People associated with the Lollar campaign have been saying since last summer that Lollar is the only Republican who can win the general election. That’s usually all that is said. Sometimes, you’ll hear someone say that Lollar is the only one who can beat Anthony Brown in November, but you never get specific reasons.
After Lollar won the meaningless straw poll at the recent MD GOP Spring Convention, the Lollar campaign sent out an email under his name that called him and his running mate Ken Timmerman “front-runners.” Additionally, Lollar noted in the email that, “Ken and I are the only Republicans who can win this November against Anthony Brown.”
Collins Bailey, a GOP official with a libertarian slant, was heard parroting that line at the convention following the straw poll victory.
I talked to one former Lollar staffer awhile back who clued me in on the rest of the story. I’ve since confirmed this from others who have been associated with the campaign. The reason the Lollar campaign thinks he is the only one who can win in November is because of his skin color – based on the assumption that Anthony Brown will be the Democratic nominee and that only an African American nominee for the GOP can defeat an African American Democrat.
To get a reaction to this notion about Lollar’s campaign messaging, I talked to Dennis McIver, an African American who is a registered Republican (with a heavy libertarian slant.) McIver, known as @dennisthecynic on Twitter, is also with The City That Breeds.
Here’s what McIver had to say last night when I asked for his comments:
The ongoing narrative from Camp Lollar is that he is the only candidate that can beat presumed nominee Anthony Brown in November. I’ve also heard insinuations that this belief stems from his race.
I’ve had a chance to read Lollar’s biography. As far as I can tell he’s an upstanding citizen, honorable member of the military and a skilled businessman. If this rumor of his campaign is true, it is not only disappointing but it is disparaging to the Republican Party as well as Lollar himself. Furthermore, it is false. If race was indeed a factor in our elections then we would have Senator Michael Steele at this point instead of Ben Cardin.
What matters most to the voters is not race, but a candidate’s record and what they’re promising to deliver if elected. As evidenced during tonight’s debate, Anthony Brown sorely lacks on both. That should be the central focus of the Lollar team’s election strategy, not the color of his skin.
My personal view remains that none of the Republican candidates can win in November. I’ve also noted before that Lollar has been spending too much time focusing on November and not enough time focusing on June.
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.