Democrats Disembowel Their Leadership
While the nomination of socialist Ben Jealous is a watershed moment in Maryland Democratic Party history, another monumental shift occurred in the General Assembly.
While Senate President Mike Miller easily dispatched his overhyped challenger, the following legislative leaders found themselves out of a job following Tuesday’s primary:
- Nathaniel McFadden, President Pro Tem of the State Senate
- Joan Carter Conway, Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee Chair
- Thomas “Mac” Middleton, Finance Committee Chair
- Joe Vallario, Judiciary Committee Chair
Combine that with Budget & Taxation Chair Edward Kasemeyer (retirement), Budget & Taxation Vice-Chair Rich Madaleno (failed campaign for Governor), Finance Committee Chair John Astle (retirement), and Rules Committee Vice-Chair Ed Degrange, that’s seven of twelve Senate Democratic Committee leadership posts that need to be replaced.
This is an amazing set of losses for the Annapolis Democratic establishment. The three Senators who lost, as well as Vallario, were career politicians who ran their committees with iron fists. Vallario, in particular, was infamous for his bills that protected criminals and threw roadblocks in the way of common sense bills like Jessica’s Law.
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The Democratic temper tantrum that manifested itself with Ben Jealous affected these races too. And that is what will make our legislative races even more important this year. These Democrats who lost their primaries today are what some (not us) would consider “moderate” Democrats. Sure, they were notably left-wing when compared to the beliefs of the common man or woman, but they were establishment Democratic politicians who followed in lockstop with what legislative leadership wanted. But at some level, they understand what it means when it is said that Maryland has a “middle temperament” and their positions were not as radicalized as their counterparts.
This new group? They’ll try to move the General Assembly even further to the left than it already is.
Their replacements in those leadership positions are not going to be nearly as “moderate” as these folks. They are going to be replaced with the type of left-wing, socialist sympathizers that would love nothing more than to shepherd the radical Ben Jealous agenda through the General Assembly.
The good news in all of this is that there is no better case for the Drive to 5 than to minimize the power of the new, radicalized legislative leaders who are going to try to move the General Assembly even further to the left. It also might not hurt to familiarize yourself with the name John Leonard, who finds himself in a much more winnable race than he did yesterday.
The Democrats disemboweled their legislative leadership. And the replacements waiting in the wings make the perfect case for Governor Hogan’s re-election and the election of a more conservative General Assembly.