Two Republican candidates for County Executive who lost their primaries on Tuesday refused to concede, and you won’t be surprised to learn who they are.
In Baltimore County, Pat McDonough told supporters on Tuesday night that he refused to concede to Republican nominee Al Redmer, saying that he “didn’t deserve his concession.” You can see the video from the Baltimore Sun here.
“You concede the race when you feel that the person has prevailed deserves your concession. He does not deserve my concession. Nor the concession of the people that I worked with. He will not have my endorsement, he will not my support, and he will not have my concession. Sounds harsh. They’ll call me a sore loser. They’ll call me whatever they want. I have other things in my life that are very exciting, and I’m looking forward to doing them. But this has nothing to do with being a sore loser. If I have indeed lost, that’s fine. But it’s how you lose or how you win. I am taking that stance that I will not endorse or support a candidate who lacks integrity and principle and should not be in a position of leadership, and that’s how I feel about it.”
None of is really that surprising, given the scorched earth campaign that McDonough attempted to run against Al Redmer. While it was not expected that McDonough would aggressively campaign for Redmer, refusing to concede is a high level of pettiness even for a perpetually petty snowflake like Pat McDonough.
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But some Republicans may not be so quick to jump on board. Kirby Delauter, an outgoing county councilman who lost his bid for county executive, said that in the general election, he would not support Kathy Afzali, who won the primary for the county’s top seat.
Instead, Delauter said he would support third-party candidate Earl Robbins, adding he felt Robbins’ intentions for running were with the county’s best interests in mind.
“I made up my mind weeks ago that if I lost, I’d support Earl,” Delauter said. “I like that he’s laid-back, and he sees things that need to be addressed and wants to address them. I think he has Frederick County’s best interests in mind.”
It’s bad enough that Delauter is endorsing Earl Robbins., a former Democrat who is running this year as an independent. But Delauter is endorsing Robbins apparently because….the Republican Party is not presenting a unified front.
The party has not done a good job of presenting a unified front locally, or at the federal level, Delauter said. He pointed to President Donald Trump “doing everything he said he would do,” but still not getting full support among Republicans as an example of that.
“That’s the one thing Democrats have always done a really good job of that the Republican Party really hasn’t,” he said. “If the Democrats had someone like Trump, who came through on everything he said he’d do, they’d be totally behind them. I don’t know why Republicans haven’t.”
Yes, Kirby Delauter is blaming a lack of party unity for him eschewing party unity in order to endorse a liberal Democrat running against the Republican nominee. Lack of party unity didn’t seem to stop Delauter from attacking John McCain last summer, and shows an unsurprising lack of logic from somebody who opposes the first amendment.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an uncommon practice in Frederick County, as the left-leaning Republican Club of Frederick County is also discussing abandoning the Republican nominee Kathy Afzali.
Maybe I was right all along in that Delauter wanted to lose.
That both Pat McDonough and Kirby Delauter both refuse to back the Republican nominee in the races that they lost is hardly a surprising result of this week’s primaries. Both men are self-interested, self-promoting blowhards who had little interest in accomplishing anything in the positions to which they were already elected. Both men professed to speak for “the people” of their county and of the Republican Party and seemed genuinely surprised to learn that their views and actions are supported by a minority of the voters in their respective counties. Both men will be leaving public office in the coming months, and the Republican Party and the conservative movement will be better for it.
But neither Delauter nor McDonough are shrinking violets. Both will likely try to continue their advocacy and continue their time in Public Office (Remember, McDonough was first elected as a Democrat in 1978, and then kept running for office for 20 years until he was elected as a Republican to the House in 2002). But voters should remember what they did when they run for office again. These aren’t races where a vote isn’t going to matter; these are races where every vote matters and a key races for conservative pickups and vitally important to Governor Hogan’s re-election. The stakes here are high.
When McDonough and Delauter run for office again, the voters will want to know why they were sore losers. And they’ll owe them a reasonable answer and not the poor excuses they gave this week.