Thursday, August 06, 2009

Squeeze Play on Donna Edwards?

Time to stir the pot!

We hear that District 4 Congresswoman Donna Edwards may get a two-headed primary challenge from Prince George’s State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey and Delegate Herman Taylor (D-14). Rumors are rampant of Edwards staffers not returning phone calls and the Congresswoman having multiple spats with other politicians. We believe Ivey would be a strong contender for Prince George’s County Executive if he chose to run for that office. No doubt his supporters hope that Taylor, who represents part of Eastern Montgomery County, will strip enough MoCo votes from Edwards so that Ivey will squeak through on the basis of a winning margin in Prince George’s.

If that is the plan, it has problems. Taylor was convicted of driving while impaired in February after falling asleep at the wheel of his idling Cadillac in May 2008. Taylor is also known to be pro-life in Annapolis, a fact Edwards would be sure to point out. As for Ivey, he has yet to live down his failure to obtain an indictment in the infamous Prince George’s jailhouse killing. Edwards spanked bullying bossman Al Wynn and will take it to either - or both - of these prospective opponents. They have been warned!

If Taylor is foolish enough to run, Olney resident Craig Zucker, Comptroller Peter Franchot’s Deputy Chief of Staff, becomes the early favorite for the open Delegate seat. Zucker lost the 2002 District 14 Delegate primary to Anne Kaiser by just 327 votes and has been a fixture at political events ever since.