When we touched down yesterday at Bee Wee I was surprised to find that it was warmer here than it was in Florida. I also noticed that the tree pollen had arrived in full force. Thankfully, last nights wind and rain washed some of it off so I my eyeballs aren’t quite as itchy this morning.
Last night as I worked my way through about 200 unanswered emails, I was struck by one I received from a supporter of Jon Weinstein. Jon is running for one of the House of Delegates seats in District 9A that are currently held by Gail Bates and Warren Miller. The supporter sent me a link to this article by Douglas Tallman in The Gazette about the 20 most influential and least influential state representatives in Annapolis. Gail Bates was ranked as the 9th least influential state delegate.
That isn’t what struck me though. What really caught my eye was Shane Pendergrass. Shane was ranked as the 15th most influential state delegate.
That was downright scary. In my not so humble opinion Shane Pendergrass is one of the most anti business representatives in the state. For me, her ranking negated the credibility of the whole list. Then again, the Gazette openly acknowledged that the list was somewhat less than scientific.
“We asked a select group of State House observers who has, and who lacks, influence. Influence, of course, is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe it's the parliamentary prowess to pass a bill, or the legislative legerdemain to kill another. It could mean the brains to master a complex issue, or a good sense of timing — when to stand and when to stand pat.
The result is a highly unscientific poll. The margin of error is plus or minus a whole lot.”
I certainly hope so.
Less than twenty four hours of settling back into HoCo I’m getting back on the road again. This time it’s off to Pittsburgh for the wedding of one of my college knucklehead buddies.
More news later.
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