Delaware Political Weekly: April 13-19, 2018

Filed in Delaware, Featured by on April 20, 2018

1. Brandt Can’t. Won’t. Run.  The ‘name on the ballot’ who the R’s convinced to run for the House seat currently held by Lisa Blunt Rochester is a name on the ballot no more.  The, pardon the expression, aborted candidacy falls squarely on the shoulders of Mike Harrington, the out-of-his-depth Chair of the Delaware Republican Party.  For you completists, the would-be candidate’s name is/was Kenneth Brandt, a senior Army National Guard Chaplain.  Who either was, or wasn’t, on Active Duty, depending on what time of day someone from the campaign commented on his status.  If indeed there was anyone from the campaign other than Mike Harrington. So, the candidate and the Party get called on it, and Harrington’s response to the News Journal is ““This is all because of your stinking ass article…it was totally fake and untrue.”  Uh, no. It was an utterly amateurish rollout by Harrington.  A rollout, of course, on Harrington’s Kent County home turf despite Brandt’s Brandywine Hundred residency. A rollout that was premature, to say the least, considering Brandt’s employment status. Something that any political professional would anticipate and avoid. I think that, faced with such incompetence, Brandt, who had agreed to be the good soldier for the Party, decided that he wanted no parts of such agita. A wise choice.

2.  Come Meet Chris Johnson…in Arden!  Along with yours truly, El Somnambulo.  We’re having a meet-and-greet with my favorite candidate for Attorney General on Wednesday, April 25, at the Buzz Ware Village Center at 7:30 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  To up the ante, I’m placing great personal pressure upon myself in choosing cheese and wine worthy of the occasion.  Come meet Chris, ask him questions, see El Somnambulo in his native habitat, and perhaps volunteer to help Chris. Oh, late-breaking news.   Here’s an article that lays out Chris’ argument on behalf of marijuana legalization.  See you Wednesday? 

3.  Friday The 13th Filings.  Reps. Jeffrey Spiegelman, Pete Schwartzkopf, and Mike Ramone. Appropriate, don’t you think?

That’s it for this week. What’d I miss, and whaddayathink?


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  1. Jason330 says:

    More than ever, the Dem Primary on Thursday, September 6 IS the election.

    ONLY 139 days [19 Fridays] to make history.

  2. Alby says:

    You got Tom Carper’s nickname wrong. It’s Slappy.

  3. RE Vanella says:

    I’m out if town for 2 weeks. Sorry to miss this Chris Johnson meet-up.

    We need him elected.

  4. Mitch Crane says:

    Brandt was running against Lisa Blunt Rochester for the Congressional seat. The R’s already have two losers running for the US Senate.

  5. That’s right. My apologies to ‘Shufflin’ Tom Carper. I used that sobriquet b/c someone mentioned to me that he was at an event the other day (Sallie Mae, I think?) with the other officeholders, and that the shuffle was quite pronounced.

    I’ll edit the post.

  6. Alby says:

    @REV: Going to the 4/20 event tonight?

  7. RE Vanella says:

    Going to Seattle… On my way to the airport.

    Coincidence though. I find the sentiment kind of ridiculous. Sort of like how Mitch was in SDS. Now he repping cops.


  8. Kelly says:

    I noticed that no one said anything about Charles Potter throwing 2 well respected Superior Court Judges under the bus because he didn’t get is way. That is as low as you can get. Him and wife need to resign from there elected positions and disappear.

  9. To me, the failure of the reformers to recruit challengers for blatant self-dealers like Charles Potter and Stephanie Bolden is the most lamentable of this election season.