The fact of the matter is that Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman wants it both ways. He wants to latch onto the (relatively) progressive legacy of (some) of his family while still retaining the R-label, so he can secure his base…which is virulently pro-Trump.
Now, F-list minions like C.O. [whose full name is not important, at all], who would not have been entrusted to fetch the coffee of GOP backbenchers in the ‘90s, may try to spin it otherwise (and poorly, like a hack) …but the brutal reality is that if Kittleman really were truly independent-minded, he would leave the GOP and run as an independent in 2018.
Party affiliation is a window into one’s values. I quit the GOP in the early 2000s for several reasons. First and foremost, it had become abundantly clear that the liberal wing (here is looking at you, Governor Milliken) was clearly not aligned with the Republican Party of the Bush 43 era. The “religious” conservatives along with the neo-cons had a lock on the party. If you were progressive, there was only one honest choice, and that was to join the Democratic Party (or an organization even further to the left, but that is by-the-by).
So now, the GOP, the party of the “malefactors of great wealth” (a phrase employed by Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican for whatever that is worth) is now whining about certain campaign finance issues. To that, I say let’s take a close look at who is giving $ to the Kittleman campaign. What is it they want? And who is getting paid? These are all useful and pressing questions.
Let’s face it, based on the State of the Union, the Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump Inc. Kittleman needs to be held to account for maintaining his allegiance to a party that decided to sell what remained of its soul to a deranged real estate "mogul" who has no business being anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania. Which begs the question: who does Kittleman truly put first? The county or his party?