Much is being made about a possible 2014 match between incumbent Maryland senator Jim Mathias (D-38) and Del. Mike McDermott (R-38B). While McDermott would have to overcome Mathias’ huge money advantage (Senate President Mike Miller will THROW hundreds of thousands of dollars Mathias’ way), a Mathias vs. McDermott race will show the unfathomable divide between “Annapolis Values” vs. “Eastern Shore Values”.
Listen to McDermott on the recently passed budget bill:
While I am a fan of Public Radio Delmarva (actually WSDL), I don’t support Maryland tax dollars going to support it. While I actually believe that SU needs a new library, I can’t imagine where $135 million is going. What about all of that money in the SU foundation? Why can’t it go to help build and equip a new library?
If you attended the recent town hall on Gov. O’Malley’s gun bill you would have witnessed a stark contrast in approaches. McDermott has FOUGHT this bill from the start. Mathias just voted against it (I would suggest for political reasons). You would have seen and heard the passion McDermott brings to this issue. While Mathias wasn’t in attendance, he sent an envoy to read a letter. The categorical difference was apparent to all – McDermott was fighting to protect one of our most sacred liberties while Mathias was tinkering around the edges to make a loathsome bill slightly less loathsome.
As a political junkie, I think a Mathias – McDermott race in 2014 will be exciting. As a citizen of Maryland, I believe that a McDermott candidacy and victory will send a message to those here and in Annapolis who believe that giving up our God-given liberty in pursuit of a few cups from the public trough is a worthwhile pursuit.
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