On November 1st, 2018, we reached the “whiny and mean-spirited letter” stage in the race for Howard County Executive. Who knows what today will bring?
Four years ago the Republican candidate for County Executive, Allan Kittleman, was known as an all-round nice guy. True, people around him were aggressively negative in their campaigning but it never seemed to stick to him.
I’d like to point out that he didn’t use his leadership ability to call them off and insist on clean and positive campaigning, though. Just as he didn’t use his leadership ability to call out the disingenuous tactics used in the drive to get people to sign a petition about Howard County’s Liberty Act, either. (He even helped fund it.)
Nice guy, that fellow. You almost felt sorry for him surrounded by such unpleasantness and mean-spirited politicking in his own party.
But this year’s campaign is different. Kittleman’s campaigning is negative and accusatory. It’s No More Mr. Nice Guy for him. This leaves us with two possibilities. Either he was always like this on the inside but masked it for the purposes of a squeaky clean image, or someone convinced him that the only way he could win the election was to fully embrace the negativity and run with it.
Frankly, either one is pretty terrible.
But neither one explains something which has long bothered me. This:
Or, rather, this:
Kittleman isn’t an Independent, he’s a Republican. To my knowledge he’s never been anything but a Republican. Using the word “Independent” on political signs - - that people drive by quickly and get a fleeting impression of - - is a campaign choice. A gimmick.
- Some may think he’s an Independent and not a Republican.
- Some may think he’s setting himself apart from MAGA/January 6th Republicans.
- Some may think he acts independently of partisan or big-money influence.