Monday, December 29, 2008

This is what I mean...

Last month in my speech to the Republican Club of Northeast Baltimore County I said:

"...the GOP also needs to start embracing young people. Maryland in particular needs to start building and growing it’s farm system. Quite frankly, I do not want to see another John Kimball like character run for another office under the Republican Party."

With that in mind, I should have added Daniel "Wigman"... my bad, Daniel "The Wigman" Vovak to the list of characters I do not want to see running for office in Maryland, again.

In case you forgot who this guy was, he ran against Michael Steele in 2006 and made a big stink when he was listed as Daniel "Wigman" Vovak and not Daniel "The Wigman" Vovak.

I receive an email from Vovak promoting his latest project, a movie based on Lewinsky-gate. His email exclaimed that Yahoo and Breitbart filed stories about his movie. But when I clicked on the links, the text was the exact same, and it was written by him. Clue number one was the fact that the yahoo link had the source as LLC. The big clue was the Breitbart link, where there was a PRNewswire logo on the page.

It seems that I have been talking a lot about journalism lately, but normally when organizations file stories, nine times out of ten the story would be written differently, unless it's a wire story a la AP and PRI. And many wire stories that I read, do not include contact information.

I would add Vovak to the E-List, but I have to take care of other important matters.


Greg Kline said...

I hoped you recorded that speech, I would be interested to read it.

I have to admit, though, the whole "farm system" line is a pet peeve of mine. I have been hearing it for the fifteen years I have been an activist and it is usually uttered by people who are not familiar with the depth we actually have in the MDGOP.

While there are certain areas of the state where we are quite thin, you can probably guess, we actually have a wealth of talented elected officials and potential or actual candidates throughout the state. We actually have quite a good "bench" if you take the time to look.

A comment would not allow space to go through that whole discussion but it is a discussion we should have.

Daniel said...

Here are a couple other stories, from today, all about the same topic. I do appreciate your thoughts about a Maryland "farm team," though maybe you should be really specific about people you don't want to run for office. By the way, I won the 'The' case on the merits. (A link is below.)

THE Wig Man

P. Kenneth Burns said...

It might be thin in some areas, but in Kenny-land (Prince George's County), it's non-existent. If not non-existent, than damn-near would be more accurate. There was not one single Republican on the local ballot in 2006 in any of the races.

The numbers have to increase for the GOP in Central Maryland and the Capital Region, where the more conservative areas of the state are totally getting outvoted in one swoop.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

I was. I don't want you to run for office again. Your campaign was ran more like a publicity stunt for an entertainment group. You didn't seem like a serious candidate.