The Logic of E. J. Pipken
Congressional candidate, Maryland Sen. E. J. Pipkin (R-36) appears to be getting desperate in his attempt to unseat incumbent Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-1). Pipkin is not a stupid man, yet his response to recent charges, by candidate (Maryland) Sen. Andy Harris (R-7), that Pipkin supported the budget of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley screams poor judgment and desperation.
Since other GOP Maryland senators also voted to support the budget his vote could not be a liberal vote.
Think about that one for a moment. Using Pipken’s logic, a Republican Congressman voting to support Ted Stevens’ (R-AK) “Bridge to Nowhere” makes the vote a conservative vote? If a majority of Republican Congressman voted to support amnesty for illegal immigrants, does this somehow not make the vote a liberal vote?
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I realize that Pipken must be feeling the frustration of this campaign. This is one more in a string of (apparently losing) attempts for higher office. Pipken lost in an attempt for the U. S. Senate and unsuccessfully challenged Maryland Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus (R-38), a true conservative stalwart, for the Senate Minority Leader post. Now Pipken has entered a largely self funded race that will be almost impossible for him to win. If I suspected Gilchrest of being a less than honorable man I would believe that he persuaded Pipkin to enter the race.
He, and his campaign staff, have resorted to calling Harris a liar and contending that he is “hateful”. The type of rhetoric seldom seen so close to a responsible campaign. Pipkin’s surrogates have even resorted to the Democrat tactic of filing lawsuits to gain media coverage.
While it is no secret that I am a strong supporter of Andy Harris, I would far prefer the return of Gilchrest to office than the election of Pipkin. A Reagan conservative could hold his nose and vote for Gilchrest, but to elect someone who shows such malevolence and poor judgement as Pipkin (coupled with a seeming lack of ideology) is simply too much.
cross posted at Delmarva Dealings