Yesterday, I recieved an email regarding the latest YouTube based video e-commercial from Mayoral candidate Catherine ‘Cathy’ Pugh. The 40th district Senator has been the most outspoken opponent against the current administration and their lack of vision, ideas and community inclusion – at least in terms of self-produced television, radio and internet based ads.
This particular advertisement was no different in its tone, focused solely on the problems facing Baltimore residents, such as the estimated 47,000 vacant residencies across the City, while also highlighting her achievements such as the ‘Fish out of Water’ campaign. Her ideas, policy initiatives, dreams and goals are similar to others running for Mayor, such as the former Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, Joseph ‘Jody’ Landers III; or former Baltimore City Planning Director, Otis Rolley. Yet what she says she has over the others vying for ‘change’ in this year’s Mayoral elections is the added leadership and experience as a former councilwoman, state delegate and now state senator.
“The issues I talk about I have actually done things in regards to making sure these things happen in the past, from local policy on the council, or more recent state policy in Annapolis,” says the inspired West Baltimore resident. However, coming from a side of Baltimore that is shared with her opponent Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and even to some degree with current Court Clerk and Mayoral candidate Frank Conaway Sr., Pugh will have a tough time dividing up those Westside votes, hoping she can garner enough votes from the East Baltimore and more affluent downtown, Little Italy/Fells Point/Canton areas to pull off an upset victory over the highly financed and endorsed incumbent Mayor Rawlings-Blake.
“Well though she is the incumbent Hassan, she has never actually been elected by the people, and word on the street is that she is not well received by any part of Baltimore,” says Bmorenews creator and WBAL TV11 political analyst Doni Glover. “She [Rawlings-Blake] scowls far too much and is not in the communities touching the actual voters. Hell she has yet to make it to one of the many Mayoral debates/forums that has taken place over the past two or three months; therefore some people are starting to believe she feels she does not have to talk to the people, so long as she has the support of the political elite?”
Which she certainly does! After being endorsed by almost every possible elected official in this CIty, and throughout the State of Maryland; Mayor Rawlings-Blake has made a statement by vertially saying she is the annointed one, ready to change things for the better in Baltimore. “Well I can tell you for me, Stephanie is certianly the best person for the job, at least of the people that are running,” said one Democratic operative who wished to remain anonymous as they did not want anyone to know who they were voting for publicly. “I believe she has done a lot for this City over the past two decades, first as councilwoman, then as council president and now as mayor. And the rest of the field, while they say they will change the paradym of Baltimore politics, they have yet to do it when they served in either elected or appointed positions of power previously, so what makes me think you will do it once elected?”
Yet while many anti-incumbent voters do not believe in, and claim they will not vote for the current Mayor, they also believe in their heart of hearts that she will be elected on Election Day. “Who is honestly going to beat her when she not only has the entire Democratic machine supporting her, yet also has a handful of ‘do-gooders’ who each allow their egos to believe that they are the only one that can change this City, yet don’t realize they are splitting up the anti-incumbent vote,” questioned GCOMM Media Co. contributor Shaun Lewis. “I mean seriously, if anyone catches fire at the end, I personally don’t believe any of the black candidates can beat Stephanie, and while Jody may be able to catch steam and resonate with the white folk, and even some blacks; he won’t have enough votes to get him half of what the mayor will get based on name recognition and idiotic democratic voters who are so blinded and uneducated, they will just listen to the mailers, letters and TV/Radio ads of the Elijah Cummings, Martin O’Malley’s and Barbara Mikulski’s, who allowed Baltimore to get into this abyss in the first place!”
Yet pessimism seemingly is not in Catherine Pugh’s vocabulary, or in any of the other challengers for the matter; therefore her camp continues to push out these great e-commercials, trailing only the Mayor in terms of constitency in on-line advertising. “We are in this race to win it Hassan, point blank and period,” said a very passionate Pugh. “So for all those “political pundits and analysts” who think I’m in it for some alterior motive or have these cooked up conspiracy theories about why Catherine Pugh is in the Mayor’s race; here it is for you in black and white. Baltimore needs change, change for the people, for our communities and for the thousands of unemployed and hard working men and women trying to make it in these uncertain economic times, and just need some sort of hope to cling too, I’m here to give them that come September 13th and beyond!”
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