Perspective on the Anne Arundel County Executive’s Race

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By PAUL WILLIAM DRGOS JR. Drgos is a former Libertarian candidate for the Congressional 3rd District. He hosts the Non-Aggression Principle Thursday nights at 8 pm on Free State Radio. This article originally appeared in the Capital Gazette.

Recently, I was reading the Capital Gazette’s opinion column by Michael Collins, “Right Stuff: It’s a matter of party,” and felt that it was important to address not only certain misleading statements, but also to point out the lack of responsibility that was shown by Collins and his editors before publishing this and previous articles including “Right Stuff: ‘Rain tax’ loopholes.”

First, I’d like to address Collin’s speculation by assuring him that Neuman has had multiple requests from both the Republicans and the Democrats but has no intentions of running for anything other than county executive as a Republican. I would love to know what is meant by “the chattering class,” because outside of the Steve Schuh camp, there is no one with this absurd point of view.

The reference to Frenaye’s “Eye on Annapolis” article, while directly extracted, is at best misleading and at worst openly deceptive. The actual excerpt below shows that Frenaye’s article questioned whether Neuman would be lured by Ulman, due to her previous working relationship with him, to run as lieutenant governor. Obviously this is not possible since Ulman is Anthony Brown’s running mate. Further more, the actual reference seemed to be an obvious quip and not an actual possibility.

He also states that he believes that Neuman will be a capable manager and effective leader, and he stated that prior to her taking office.

Direct excerpt from Frenaye’s “Eye on Annapolis” article: “She was recruited by Ken Ulman, the Democrat Howard County executive to head the EDA in April 2011 and has been in that position for 10 months.

Neuman is a Republican and curiously the only political contribution on record is one to Ulman during his recent run. Ulman is also considered to be a leading candidate for governor in 2014. Could Neuman be tapped as a possible running mate for Ulman? Would she change parties? Or in a more interesting twist, might she change parties and run as a Democrat for Anne Arundel County executive as an incumbent? A Trojan horse?

Regardless, Neuman appears to be a capable manager and effective leader who has garnered the support of of many.”

Collins continues his political attacks on Neuman with no facts to back up his insinuations. He refers to “talk from political insiders” and “a person in the room.” While I understand that journalists need to protect their sources when real information is provided that could come back and harm them, I think political opinions are outside the realm of that umbrella. I find it atrocious that Collins would take back room gossip and obviously unsupported remarks as facts and then proceed to give his opinion based on these unsubstantiated and in some cases malicious comments.

If Collins wants to promote Schuh in the upcoming election, he has every right to, but implying that Neuman would “line up votes to override her veto” for political gain is contemptible. I also think that it is mighty hypocritical to “attack” the county executive without discussing the fact that the candidate that he is promoting supported and passed the law that put the county in this place to begin with.

As for Neuman’s veto of the ridiculous Anne Arundel County interpretation of the “rain tax”, Alan Rzepkowski, former chairman of the Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee said “It shows she is a conservative and she does care about the citizens of Anne Arundel County and the amount of taxes they pay.”

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