Friday, June 7, 2013

LEAKED EMAIL TO MCDCC: Del. Anne Kaiser Endorses Del. Brian Feldman for Sen. Rob Garagiola's Vacant District 15 Seat

UPDATE: District 15 Delegate Aruna Miller told Gaithersburg that she wouldn't seek Rob Garagiola's State Senate seat (excerpt below): 
PATCH: [Del. Aruna] Miller said she’s not interested. “I've gotta tell you, I love being in the House of Delegates and have no plans to change that,” she said.

Maryland Juice just received a copy of the following email from Del. Anne Kaiser to the members of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) who she represents in District 14. In the message below, Kaiser suggests the MCDCC members select Delegate Brian Feldman to fill the vacancy created by Rob Garagiola's recent decision to resign from his District 15 State Senate seat. Notably, Garagiola's replacement will be selected by MCDCC members, subject to approval by Governor Martin O'Malley.

Many have expected Feldman to seek the D15 Senate seat, though Maryland Juice has heard a few murmurs from folks interested in bringing a woman, racial or ethnic minority into Montgomery County's all-white State Senate delegation. Nevertheless, there appears to be early buzz from some corners in support of Feldman. In any case, check out Del. Anne Kaiser's email below:
From: Anne Kaiser <XXXXXX>
To: Arthur Edmunds <XXXXXX>; Vivian Malloy <XXXXXX>; Pam Queen <XXXXXX>
Sent: Friday, June 7, 2013 3:55 PM
Subject: Senate vacancy

Arthur, Vivian and Pam-

Good afternoon.  While it is indeed early in this process, I wanted to share with you my views on the upcoming State Senate vacancy in District 15.  I understand that the entire D15 delegation met yesterday, and they have agreed together that Brian Feldman will run for the Senate vacancy.

Brian has distinguished himself in 11 years in the House of Delegates.  Whether as our House parliamentarian this past term or as chair of the county delegation for 5 years or as chair of an influential subcommittee on the Economic Matters Committee, Brian is known for being smart, quick on his feet, fair and liked by his colleagues.  Vitally, he is a thoughtful progressive who gets things done.  He will be able to make an immediate impact as the most junior member of the State Senate.

On the political side, you all know that districts 14 and 15 have the lowest democratic registrations.  That means that candidates must be stronger and must be able to demonstrate their ability to win general elections.  Brian is one of the best fundraisers in the Montgomery County delegation and he is an avid campaigner.  We can't risk losing this democratic seat in the State Senate in 2014.  Brian won't let that happen.

I also happen to think that Brian is a good guy, has a sense of humor and is in politics for the right reasons.  If you have any questions, feel free to call.  I won't call you -- I know that you all get barraged from calls during these heated races.

Thanks for listening....



No comments:

Post a Comment