Thursday, March 30, 2006

Round Up: David Rakes Edition...

It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the goings on following the Rakes announcement. So, here’s you handy guidebook.

The Flier adds something new to the mix in this story. Apparently, health reasons weren’t the only factor in Rakes’ decision to step down. “Politics” played a role as well – hey just because it’s new information doesn’t mean it has to be surprising.

Also in the Flier is a list of Rakes’ “Eight Shining Moments” on the council. If these are his highlights, I’d hate to see the lowlights. No, the Flier didn't name really name it "Eight Shining Moments," but if you got the reference, I probably didn't need to explain that.

There’s no love lost between Howard County Blog #2’s Evan and David Rakes -- although the relationship is probably pertty one-sided. Evan blasts Rakes in this post, repeatedly calling him corrupt and wondering how councilman Chris Merdon can “embrace that corruption.” Evan’s rhetoric is a little over the top for me – Rakes is a bad, ineffective politician, not a corrupt one --but since, as he says in the post, he is a strong supporter of Calvin Ball, perhaps there is some left over resentment from the last election.

David Wissing does some research and reports that the Democrats won’t be able to get rid of Merdon as council chairman. I think he’s right. And I think the Democrats should be happy to have the majority and not do anything to make themselves look greedy or foolish – or something that may come back to bite them on the ass a few years from now.

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