The Bennett vote over the last three elections averaged 1,013 votes. His opposition (Simmons, Hiob, & McGrady) averaged 800 votes. If the opposition divides in two it cant come close to winning. Elliot has already picked up the early conservative opposition support. And McGrady’s entry gets to pick up his usual reactionary Tea Party opposition support. Posey-Moss , who probably had a good chance to win a council seat ,will have difficulty pulling large amounts of Bennett”s progressive and moderate support. She will probably bring in a small amount of new voters .
Is it time for a change in Aberdeen city government? Councilwoman Ruth Elliot thinks so and is challenging incumbent mayor Michael Bennett. And now ,community advocate Marla Posey-Moss also wants to challenge the incumbent mayor.
Posey-Moss says on her web site that we need a “forward looking leader” to devise and implement “an innovative developement plan for the city of Aberdeen that embraces the vision of residents , churches, civic organiztions and bussiness” She believes the concerns of most residents include: :”economic development, transportation, youth recreation, homelessness, crime, general assistance for seniors and housing”
Ms. Posey-Moss will hold a Aberdeen Leadership Community Rally on Thursday Sep 17th (6:30 -730PM) at Scotts Transportation, 309 W. Bel Air Ave in downtown Aberdeen. Her campaign slogan is “We Can Do Better!”.
Four years ago the Democratic primary for House of Delegates D-34A was won by M-D James and Marla Posey-Moss. Popular incumbent Democrat Dan Riley was surprisingly defeated. Riley’s political upset provoked him in to making disparaging remarks about Posey-Moss and not supporting her campaign. South Harford ended up wih the disasterous incompetent Repupublican Glenn Glass. Glass’s lack of any kind of political or administrative experience forced him to become a political puppet of the Know Nothing TeaParty Republicans Pat McDonough and Rick Impallaria (dist 7). Everybody knows by now that the Glass is empty. Two seats are wide open. The conventional wisdom says that.Harford County Councilwoman Mary Lisanti and Aberdeen businessman Steve Johnson will be the nominees. But newcomer Pat Murray declares that his political experience and contacts as a legislative political operative make him the most qualified. Aberdeen business woman Marla Posey-Moss says she has upset the conventional wisdom before. And Havre de Grace business woman Maria Terry has been on the Harford County Board of Elections the past four years talking with the upset Dan Riley and planning her own political surprise.
Patrick McGrady, the Right-Wing,Libertarian,Tea Party Republican candidate for the House of Delegate in District 34A,was the “chosen one” for the Ehrlich/Jacobs Stalwarts. The Ehrlich simplistic slogan, “More Jobs, Less Taxes” became McGrady’s slogan. His “window of opportunity” opened with the primary election defeat of Democrat Dan Riley by challenger Marla Posey-Moss and it opened further when “Grisley” Dan agrreed with his “Republican friends” that Posey-Moss could not win. When McGrady’s late polls showed him coming up short he paniced and went negative with an unfocused political ad blitz of lies and fear mongering.
After losing his Democratic primary election for State Senate to Arthur Helton, Rovall Washington in a letter to The Dagger and to his own website endorsed Helton in the general election. Mike Hiob, still upset over his defeat in the Mayorality election in Aberdeen, attacked Washington for his endorsemnent, thus aiding and abetting the eventual Republican victory of Nancy Jacobs. In the same primary election Dan Riley lost his House of Delegates seat to challenger Marla Posey-Moss . Dan Riley upset over his surprising defeat claimed that he was a “conservative blue-dog Democrat” despite a voting record as a progressive. Riley also stated he feared Posey-Moss could not win the general election. Riley stated ,”This consensus is shared by many of my Republican friends in that they now have a good chance of winning my seat.” Riley would go on to support his “Republican friends” “shared consensus” by not endorsing Posey-Moss in the general election thus aiding and abetting the eventual Republican victory of Glenn Glass.
Patrick McGrady, the typical Right Wing, Libertarian ,Tea Party Republican. For six months he parrots Bob Ehrlichs simplistic slogan ‘More Jobs,Less Taxes’. Then in the last week before the Election his internal polls don’t look good. So he desperately sends out eight or more different political mailers in the last three days – an unfocused political blitz of lies, deception and fear mongering.
One of the three mailers on Saturday attacks Democrats Mary-Dulany James, Marla Posey-Moss and even McGrady’s co-conspirator Republican Glenn Glass. The attack is basicly the lie that Democrats equal higher taxes. No facts, just malarky. The second Saturday mailer just attacks the Democrats, James and Posey-Moss. This one repeats the the ‘higher taxes’ fear-mongering lies, but this time its written in one inch letters on the back of the mailer. Not only does McGrady think Dist 34 voters are stupid, he thinks their blind.
The third mailer McGrady attacks just Marla Posey-Moss. The attack now changes. Posey-Moss is a “progressive”. Its written in one inch letters again on the front and back. McGrady is an extreme right-wing libertarian Tea-Party Republican and he thinks that Dist 34 voters are against “progress” and are very blind.
So who is McGrady running against? Everyone? Any Democrat? Or just one “progressive” Democrat? And what is he running against? Taxes or Progress? If McGrady wanted to run a successful lying Republican campaign he should have patterned himself after the disgraced Chuck Boutin campaign eight years ago.
l. Boutin didn’t run his campaign against everybody. He picked one target (Dan Riley) and made up lies just about him
2. And Boutin didnt just lie with mailers. He lied with newspaper ads. He lied with radio ads. And he lied with tv ads.
3. And finally, Boutin didn’t just lie for the last three or four days. He lied early and late. He lied for weeks on end. He lied during the whole campaign. He lied so much for so long and in so many media outlets that he fooled enough voters to win.
McGrady’s campaign failed to focus, focus, focus. Too many targets, too little media, too little time. Too Much, Too little, Too late.
“Now, I have to say that I always thought my good friend Dan Riley was a progressive Democrat…but I noticed in the article that he was calling himself a blue dog Democrat and a conservative. Dan is a very smart guy and I give him credit for a lot of things, but in this case he was a little too cute by half in order to court the right wing nut jobs. Marla Posey-Moss came out and said what she is. She was honest about that and Dan would have looked a little bigger if he’d come out and said he was supporting Marla’s election rather than say she would lose the seat to the Republicans. He comes accross as a sore loser from a tough loss and perhaps that is a little too much to expect.
But I support Marla and she deserves the support of the voters and Democrats especially, and she supports a lot of things Dan supported so I don’t know why he wouldn’t support her. She will be a fine legislator if she gets to Annapolis and I hope she does.” Christopher Boardman, (Oct 10, 2010, The Dagger,’ Posey-Moss Secrets To Her District 34A Democratic Upset’)
Allan Vought, the Republican Aegis’s chief political anaylist states in the Aegis (nov6,2010, More Cold Times In Future for Harford Democrats):
“One close contest did materalize for one of two House of Delegates seats in District 34 where incumbent Dan Riley eventually lost. That loss may PORTEND a general election loss of one of two remaining legislative seats the Democrats still hold in Harford County”
Portend? One Democratic progressive losing to another Democratic progressive is an omen of political misfortune for Democrats? I think Mr. Voughts political analysis is thin gruel. Perhaps it is even a bit racist. And surely it is a political curse. It is an expressed wish for misfortune to befall the Harford Democrats. Perhaps Mr.Vought is a warlock?
The Republican Aegis endorsed Randolph Craig, son of County Executive David Craig, and John ‘Plagarism’ Paff for House of Delegates in Dist. 34 in the Republican primary.
The Republican Aegis also endorsed Arthur Helton for the Maryland Senate and incumbents Mary-Dulany James and Dan Riley for the House of Delegates in the Democratic Primary