Dearest Nicole: Didn’t try to be rude to Jill
Apologies, Nicole, if you truly believe I was rude to Jill Carter at the Empowerment Temple citywide candidates forum on Thursday. That certainly was not my goal. As she is your candidate, however, I truly appreciate your support of your candidate. With love for every woman in my life as well as across the Diaspora, in no way would I ever disrespect a sister.
Jill in this case, as you know, is a candidate seeking votes. Therefore, she was treated the same as everyone else – even when she came out swinging on me. Why? Her statement was that I said she is not a consensus builder. I stand by this. Yes, she can get things done. However, party politics is about team ball, not about what an individual – such as Jill – has done. Let her tell it, nobody has done anything. Except her. Also, from my vantage point, she focuses too heavily on the failures of others as opposed to speaking about her legislative record. While definitely staying consistent on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised, albeit noble, she has to be able to get things done. Clinton-Glendening-Schmoke days in Maryland provided good days for places like Sandtown and Historic East Baltimore. Bush-Ehrlich-O’Malley days were not the same. No money came to Baltimore. Our children, however, did have to go and fight in Iraq. So, Nicole – party politics do require some homogeneity, some people on the same page. This means Jill will have to be able to work with somebody.
Final comment: It would serve black Baltimore well for Jill, Andrey Bundley and Frank Conaway to go into a room and put their support on one candidate.
Now, that would partially impress me – especially given 5 blacks in the mayor’s race.
One side bar, the Council president’s race is one where we need one black candidate. Any thoughts, Nicole?