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It's Official: It's Simms

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Doug Duncan's campaign confirmed today that Baltimore lawyer Stuart O. Simms will be formally introduced as the Montgomery County executive's running mate in the governor's race on Wednesday,.

Duncan's choice of Simms, a former prosecutor and Cabinet official under then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening, was reported last week, based on comments of prominent Duncan supporters. But neither Duncan nor his campaign aides would confirm his choice.

"Stu Simms knows how to get things done and he is committed, like Doug, to putting people ahead of politics, making him the perfect choice for Lt. Governor," Duncan's campaign manager, Scott Arceneaux, said in yesterday's email.
The email invited supporters to the morning announcement at a Baltimore church as well as a noon event at Infusions Tea Café in Largo.

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 1, 2006; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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That's great Doug! What a wonderful choice!! Keep up the good work!!!

Yay Doug! :)

Posted by: Veronica | May 1, 2006 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Duncan . . . please, whatever you do, don't fire Arceneaux or Couser . . . they're the tops!

Posted by: Defending Arceneuaux!!! | May 1, 2006 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm a real estate developer in Bethesda and I can't wait until Duncan wins the primary in September, then the general election in November.

During the last 12 years he's been in office in Montgomery County, Duncan has literally been a dream come true for us developers.

Here's what we love: Duncan gladly takes our campaign donations and better yet, when he takes our donations, he then delivers on his promises to rubber stamp all of our developments, no matter how horrible the effect is on Montgomery County's traffic or crowded schools.

Yeah, Duncan!

Us developers are certainly salivating at the thought of what Duncan can do for us once he becomes governor.

For one thing, once Duncan takes office, we can get him to sell us state park land so that we can build new housing communities -- that will be great!!!

And I almost forgot, yeah Washington Post -- keep up the positive press coverage for Duncan and definitely continue to quash any of the voices of dissent in Montgomery County.

Way to go. Yeah Duncan!!! Yeah Washington Post!!!

Posted by: Duncan is going to win -- I can't wait!!! | May 2, 2006 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Ah propaganda. Once you pound something into someone's head long enough, they believe its true! Isn't it great?!

Oh, and so is sarcasm! Yay Sarcasm!

*Otherwise, let's actually have a rational debate about the merits of the candidates without having to deal with ridiculous NIMBYs screaming "Duncan is beholden to developers!" regardless of whatever information you tell them.

Posted by: Paul | May 2, 2006 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Paul, my message was effective and has quite a bit of truth to it, otherwise, you wouldn't have responded.

But the best part of this is that I heard Duncan on Washington Post radio today and he was the one getting pounded by listeners calling in to set the record straight about his mediocre record in Montgomery County.

I was actually surprised that the bright minds over at Duncan headquarters didn't even bother to have someone sympathetic to Duncan call in during the entire time he was interviewed.

I can't stand Duncan and I must admit even I felt sorry for him as he continued to take those massive hits to his reputation.

I was also a surprised that the Post didn't pull the plug on the interview given that the Post has had such a cozy relationship with Duncan over the last 12 years. -- maybe the Post is finally realizing that they have to present other viewpoints in regards to Mr. Duncan's record.

The best part of the interview was when Duncan insisted he was always an underdog, but then the reporter reminded Duncan that he really was the favorite in his last two elections -- so much for that silly argument by the Duncan camp.

This Duncan campaign is such a hoot.

Posted by: Developers Love Duncan -- Citizens Don't | May 2, 2006 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Just heard from a friend who works for Martin O'Ehrlich. Said he's having a screaming fit about this, because no one told him Simms was available. He's even madder that Rascovar said he only hit a single with Brown and Duncan hit a home run with Simms. Even broke a couple of strings on his guitar.

He said O' will be demanding that Duncan fire Arceneaux and Couser because they keep making him look bad.

Posted by: John | May 4, 2006 7:00 AM | Report abuse

The announcement was made at a Church. I guess that is okay with Howard Dean, since we know it is unacceptable to Churches to get involved in politics, unless it is for the liberal cause.

Posted by: A Silver Spring Resident | May 5, 2006 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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