WaPo Endorsement Short Shrifts Ficker
Everybody expected that the Washington Post would endorse Nancy Floreen in the race for Montgomery County Executive. And they did. But their rationale seems to be a little curious:
Montgomery is Maryland’s most populous and prosperous locality, but it has missed out on boom times and now faces serious problems: a virtual standstill in job and business growth this decade, a gap between haves and have-nots and an anemic revenue outlook. In that climate, Ms. Floreen, a council member since 2002 and a planning commission member before that, is the right choice.
The problem is that Floreen *has* been there since 2002. She *was* a member of the planning commision before that. Floreen is as much a part of the Democratic machine that has been running Montgomery County for decades as anybody. Her and Marc Elrich have worked in lock stop to help lead Montgomery County down the path to where it is now. If the Washington Post is going to hold Marc Elrich responsible for what the council has done, they should hold Floreen responsible too.
But just as weirdly, the Post brushes off Robin Ficker in one brief sentence, contained in parenthesis:
(A third candidate, Republican nominee Robin Ficker, is a rabble-rouser notorious for heckling at Washington Wizards games, as well as for repeated disciplinary actions taken against him by Maryland’s Court of Appeals.)
None of what they said was false. But Ficker, who they didn’t mention is a former Delegate, is just as “notorious” for the ballot measures that he has petitioned to referendum, including the blockbuster term limits amendment that is forcing entrenched incumbent members of the County Council, like Marc Elrich and Nancy Floreen, out of office. The referendum passed in 2016 specifically because of the reckless policies that Montgomery County has undertaken over the last decade, which both Elrich and Floreen had a hand in implementing.
Look I get it. Robin Ficker rubs a lot of people the wrong way. That’s true not just of the Democrats, not just of the media, but of Republicans too. I think Robin would be the first to tell you that he’s not everybody’s cup of tea. But for the Post to dismiss Ficker as somebody who is “notorious” without mentioning the real accomplishments he helped make at the ballot box gives him the short shrift, especially when Ficker would change the way Montgomery County is run more than Elrich or Floreen could ever hope to change it.