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Hough-Brinkley Bloodbath Update


David Lublin of The Seventh State has been looking at Maryland Senate primaries.

Part I of his look at the primaries includes this analysis of the District 4 Senate Primary between David Brinkley and Mike Hough:

Incumbent David Brinkley faces Del. Michael Hough (R 3), who has been redistricted into this very Republican district in Frederick County. While Brinkley has the home turf advantage, Hough has far more money. This will be a bloody contest with Hough coming at Brinkley from the right and arguing that Republicans need a true conservative to carry the flag. Brinkley has committed the heretical sin of working with the majority Democrats on occasion. More info here and hereRating: Toss-Up.

Greg Kline of Red Maryland notes today that Hough has been endorsed by former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and Blaine Young. This is apparently Young’s first endorsement of someone since he announced for County Executive. Young previously made an endorsement of Charles Lollar that in hindsight now looks to have been very premature.

Kline does get a passive-aggressive shot in at me in his post today (calling me “ill-informed”). This seems more than just a bit petty considering how I responded to the situation he alludes to and also how I laid out all his criticisms of Brinkley in full in the original post. I would think Red Maryland would have plenty of enemies to concern themselves with over the past few days without getting an unneeded dig in at a friend.

Red Maryland previously endorsed Hough as well and Joe Steffen also wrote that he is “strongly leaning” toward Hough in the race. As I said before, this puts that duo on the same side of something just a bit awkwardly this week. I have largely stayed out of the controversy/contention this week between Steffen and Red Maryland. I think some of the reaction to that situation is being overblown by those who would say Red Maryland had been bought off by the umbrella industry if they accurately reported it was going to rain.

Getting back to the Hough-Brinkley race, it’s already delivering on the promises of a nasty primary. The scuttblebutt and rumor-mongering on both sides makes what has actually been reported seem tame.

To paraphrase the great Jim Ross, this race is going to be a slobberknocker and it’s going to be bowling shoe ugly before it is all said and done.

Report: Blaine Young to announce for County Executive in Frederick


UPDATE: Cara R. Anthony, who is at the event, confirms what I already reported. She tweets that Young is running fo County Executive.

Earlier today Blaine Young posted an invitation to a campaign announcement and reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Dutch’s Daughter in Frederick.  I hear that Young is still saying officially he’s “not sure” about his plans but one Frederick source tells me that Young is 99% certain to run for County Executive. As of the 5:08 p.m. update on the State Board of Elections website, he has yet to file for any office. So he’s likely filing after his event if he doesn’t make it in beforehand.

As of now, David Gray and Mark Sweadner would be Young’s Republican Primary opponents.  Jan Gardner is the only Democrat who has filed. In August, Young bowed out of the race for governor and endorsed Charles Lollar.

The image below was posted on Facebook:


Blaine Young not running for Governor; endorses Lollar


As I said on August 9, Blaine Young is not running for Governor in the Republican Primary. Sources tell me he will be endorsing the campaign of Charles Lollar. Lollar is officially announcing in September.

UPDATE: Lollar confirmed the endorsement.

MD GOP Gubernatorial Primary: Who’s In? Who’s Out?


Charles Lollar did the annoying pre-announcement (i.e. an announcement that an announcement is coming) thing in the past day. He reportedly will officially announce in September.

I also am hearing about that August decision everyone was expecting from Blaine Young. I am hearing Young is not running for Governor or for the new position of County Executive for Frederick County. Young was recently accepted to the intensive one-year MBA program at Mt. St. Mary’s University.

That leaves one more potential candidate: Larry Hogan. I am hearing it’s unlikely Hogan will run. I wouldn’t be that surprised if he ended up running either, though.

Brian Vaeth is apparently still in the race after previous reports he was dropping out and endorsing Lollar.

On top of all these names, everyone already knew about Ron George and David Craig, who had already announced they were running.

Was what Blaine Young said really an anti-gay slur?

Earlier I blogged about tweets claiming that Blaine Young, apparently a candidate for Maryland Governor and the current President of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, making an “anti-gay slur” at a rally in Hagerstown yesterday.

I’ve now heard that what Young reportedly said was a rather old line that has been made at many conservative events and speeches over the past 15-20 years. The line was reportedly, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”

To me, saying this is a slur is making a mountain out of molehill and is a tempest in a teapot likely being stirred by those supporting other potential Republican candidates. Granted, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to say.

The fact that Young had the earlier basketball game argument probably did make it more believable, but using a throwaway line like that isn’t what most people think of as a slur.

Video of Young’s comments are about at the 0:45 mark below: