I am going to limit my commentary on Corey Andrews’ decision to suspend his campaign for the Howard County Board of Education to an off-the-top, visceral response.
It was a bone-headed move.
He should have stayed in the race. Once you are in, you stay in and fight. I see no advantage to his cause in removing himself from the field (figuratively speaking of course, as his name will remain on the Primary Election ballot). Given the rationale he stated in his suspension e-mail, he implicitly acknowledges ceding the field to people he refers to as “bad guys.” OK, let’s play out this line of thought. If Mr. Andrews truly believes that “the people of Howard County deserve better,” then wouldn’t it be great if they had alternatives? Oops. Well, look for one of them on the bench, because he opted to stop playing. That is the opposite of a rallying cry.
Perhaps he is hoping his self-imposed suspension will draw more attention to the race in general and all of the recent HoCo BoE controversies in particular. If that was the calculus, I don’t think someone carried the two. It just doesn’t work out.
As I wrote in my recent post on the Howard County Board of Education candidates, Mr. Andrews did not emerge as “one-to-watch.” I thought then, as I do now, that better choices exist. Had I been an Andrews supporter, I would be left feeling disappointed by his decision. As it is, I shrug, shake my head and move on.
District 13? Coming up…soon.
Stay tuned, as more will follow.