If you read John Wagner’s story in WaPo on the reaction to yesterday’s comments on Anthony Brown’s military service made by Doug Gansler you’d see Republican Delegate Robert Costa quoted but no context on where the statement came from:
Among those rallying to Brown’s defense Monday was Del. Robert A. Costa (R-Anne Arundel), who said he found Gansler’s comments “appalling.”
“Lt. Gov. Brown and I may belong to different political parties, but as a fellow soldier, I appreciate his service to our country in Baghdad during wartime,” Costa said. “To say it’s anything less than a ‘real job’ is insulting.”
Of course, it looks like Costa himself talked to the reporter in that context. However, if you had read the version of the story by Bryan Sears in The Daily Record you’d notice this:
As part of the response to Gansler’s comment, the emailed statement from the Brown campaign also included a note about an additional comment from “a Republican who doesn’t support us reached out with this statement if you’d like to use it.” [emphasis added]
The statement from Del. Robert A. Costa, R-Anne Arundel said:
“Lt. Gov. Brown and I may belong to different political parties but as a fellow soldier, I appreciate his service to our country in Baghdad during wartime. To say it’s anything less than a ‘real job’ is insulting.”
According to his biography, Costa served in the U.S. Army from 1981-1985.
While Costa may not openly support Brown for Governor, he certainly coordinated things with the Brown campaign to give them this statement to put out as part of their press statements. Where did the coordination with Brown come from and how do we know who actually made contact first?
When Costa flipped from opposition to gay marriage to voting for it (after a claim of being undecided for a bit), there were rumors and speculation at what the O’Malley-Brown machine might have promised him for his vote. The coordination with the Brown campaign on this matter by Costa could help add fuel to the fire of that speculation.
Otherwise, why would Costa even get involved in a Democratic primary? Why interfere when the other side is in the middle of self-destructing? Especially when you consider that Costa was lending cover and support to the likely Democratic nominee who was already panicking about polling gains from his nearest opponent.
If we only had gotten the version of events from John Wagner and others, we never would have known that the Brown campaign was responsible for shopping that Costa statement to the press.
Another note: Costa only got a 58% rating on the Legislative Scorecard put out by conservative site MDPetitions.com. Some of the votes he made that disagreed with their positions included voting for the Rain Tax and voting for gay marriage.