VA-11: Byrne gives competition much needed attention
What a strategic mistake this is. A representative for Leslie Byrne’s camp pokes her finger into Lori Alexander’s shoulder and says she better “think long and hard” about running for Congress? Mason Conservative has more thoughts about it here.
ForgetÂ that Byrne, aÂ one-termÂ Rep. and statewide loser,Â is bizzarely acting like some sort of political machine, and just think about the attention that brings upon Alexander, a no-name candidate. What are the chances that WaPo would write about Alexander’s candidacy at all if that confrontation doesn’t take place? In an open seat election, expect up to a dozen or more names to file on both sides. Hell, 28 candidates were on the ballot in both primaries for the open Senate seat in Maryland last year. Why would you go out of your way to elevate a candidate who will have trouble gaining media attention on her own?
Three answers come to mind. One, Leslie Byrne’s camp is so inept they didn’t think through such an action; two, Byrne and her organizers are so full of ego that they believe no one else, especially another woman, has a right to run for “her” seat; or three, they on some level feel threatened by Alexander’s candidacy. As MC said, Byrne likely wins a one-on-one battle with Connelly, while aÂ crowded primary complicates matters for her. Whatever the case, amateur mistakes are the quickest way to lose an election. Let’s hope Byrne keeps it up.