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Owens Closing in on Schaefer

A new statewide poll on the comptroller's race showed Anne Arundel County Executive Janet Owens steadily gaining on incumbent and fellow Democrat William Donald Schaefer, coming within four percentage points.

The survey, conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies from August 18-26. , found that 34 percent of the Democratic voters likely to cast ballots in the Sept. 12 primary said they would vote for Schaefer and 30 percent for Owens. Montgomery Del. Peter Franchot, had support from about 15 percent, with the remaining 21 percent undecided.

Among African-American voters, Owens takes the lead--beating Schaefer 33 percent to 30 percent--and among women, she was running even.

"Schaefer's negatives with voters stand at a perilously high 45%, compared to 35% who view him favorably, and he's nearly universally known among voters," pollster Patrick Gonzales wrote in his memo analyzing the poll results. "These numbers suggest he will have difficulty capturing many votes among the undecideds."

Franchot disputed the survey's findings, saying that Gonzalez has worked as Owens' pollster.

"The Gonzales poll isn't worth the piece of paper it's printed on." he wrote in a statement out this afternoon. "Patrick Gonzales is one of my opponent's pollsters and his former partner is the campaign coordinator of the other one.

"The only thing this survey does is confirm what other independent polls have shown, which is that an overwhelming majority of voters believe that William Donald Schaefer is no longer up for the job and they are not supporting him in his reelection bid."

The poll of 621 registered Democrats has a margin of error of plus or minor 4 percentage points.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  August 28, 2006; 11:11 AM ET
 
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There is only one poll that counts and this isn't it. Stop trying to dictate choices to the voters.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | August 28, 2006 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"There is only one poll that counts and this isn't it. Stop trying to dictate choices to the voters."

ummmm, Robin.....reporting the results of an opinion poll (of which I believe was not WPost commissioned, but independently conducted) seems to be basic reporting and not "dictating" to anyone. Had the Post not reported this poll, then I would argue an agenda was at work.

Posted by: Voter from Baltimore. | August 28, 2006 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Peter Franchot was gaining the momentum, even before the Post endorsement today. So I'm very surprised that Janet Owens is making a move and gaining on W.D. Schaefer. That's not what I hear in Montgomery County. I'm surprised that W.D. is still in the game, frankly. He should have retired. We do have some great Dem primary contests this year!

Posted by: Den Mother | August 28, 2006 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Den Mother --

This is off-topic and I hope other readers will forgive the diversion, but if I posted this where it would be on-topic you likely wouldn't read it.

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your post the other day saying that Tom Perez is a good man and that you hope his supporters (of which I am one) will now give Stu Simms a serious look because Simms is also a good man and a good candidate. I found that type of positive campaigning extremely refreshing; too often, especially on blogs where anonymity rules, people are focused on attacking others and on hyperbole. I for one will indeed give Mr. Simms another serious look. Anyway, thanks.

Posted by: Mark Phillips | August 28, 2006 1:05 PM | Report abuse

He should have retired if he isn't doing a good job or isn't capable of doing a good job.

The problem here is that he is a good comptroller but his public perception isn't all that great. due to his antics with that young staffer of Erlichs'.

But he's just what we need a good check and balance on Erlich.

Posted by: cc | August 28, 2006 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Virtually every group that represents blocks of voters--the teachers union, public employee unions, the league of conservation voters, a lot of elected officials--have endorsed Peter Franchot.

To me, the poll suggests that these groups need to do more than endorse. They need to educate their membership as to why they endorsed Franchot, and mobilize them to vote and do outreach.

Posted by: We'll see | August 28, 2006 1:25 PM | Report abuse


cc,
It is absurd to call Schaeffer a "good check and balance on Erlich (sp)". Schaeffer has given Ehrlich all kinds of cover for the last three years and has been less than helpful to many Democrats over that timeframe. Schaeffer has been an embarrassment to many of us long before his "antics". Franchot is the real alternative to Schaeffer and should be getting a lot more support, but too many people have bought into the "crazy leftie" label. I know Peter Franchot and he is a long way from being a crazy leftie. If folks would inform themselves, they would see that Franchot is the real positive choice in this race, Schaeffer is running on empty, and Owens is just the "non-Schaeffer". Why not vote for someone who has a legitimate agenda, like Franchot, instead?

Posted by: JimPreston | August 28, 2006 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I just saw on Owens' financial report that she uses Gonzales for political strategy...she's spent over $20,000 this year on that firm. Any connection? hmmmm.

Posted by: A little reporting | August 28, 2006 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, I just saw on Owens' financial report that she uses Gonzales for political strategy...she's spent over $20,000 this year on that firm. Any connection? hmmmm."

Excellent insight (if true). That would certainly raise questions for me about the credibility of the poll.

Posted by: Voter from Baltimore. | August 28, 2006 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I just saw Fran-Chot's campaign finance report that he loaned himself $750,000.00 for the campaign. Any connection? hmmmmm. He's a loser.

Posted by: driver8 | August 28, 2006 2:34 PM | Report abuse


driver8,
Franchot wants to go on TV to let folks in Maryland know that there is a real alternative to Schaeffer. He's spending some of his own money to do it. How does that make him a loser?

Posted by: JimPreston | August 28, 2006 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's all face it: Franchot can't win and he is nothing more than a wacky crack-pot showman.

Posted by: frozenyo | August 28, 2006 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised by the numbers at all. Janet Owens has a great record as County Executive and will be an asset to the State. The poll shows that if you want Schaefer out - you have one choice: Janet Owens.

Posted by: rockvillesam | August 28, 2006 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Good catch by "a little reporting" on the Owens payment to Gonzales. That puts an entirely different perspective on this poll. One has to wonder whether Owens' $12,000 payment to Gonzaels had any bearing on the final results of this poll.

Posted by: James W | August 28, 2006 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Franchot can't win... give it up Pete - save the $750,000 you "loaned" yourself...

Posted by: junior | August 28, 2006 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Peter Franchot is certainly a legislator of substance. He managed his chairmanship of the transportation subcommittee with a mastery of the substance. While he understands things very well, one of his attributes is that he seeks the counsel of wise people.

I have no doubt that he can manage the multiple tasks involved in being Comptroller. He will understand the substance and surround himself with smart people who can get the jobs done.

Yes, he is outspoken. Don't confuse that with an inability to manage well, work with others and understand complex tasks.

Do you imagine that so many legislators would have endorsed him if indeed they saw him as a crackpot or someone who couldn't do well in that important job?

Posted by: former lobbyist | August 28, 2006 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I am sensing desperation in the Franchot camp - attacking the polling numbers? If the numbers aren't right why doesn't frachot show what his numbers are. I guess because he can't show himself within 15 points of 2nd place.

Posted by: adrian in Potomac | August 28, 2006 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"former lobbysit" = Always a Lobbyist. You are not to be trusted.

Posted by: grover 12 | August 28, 2006 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Good point, Adrian in Potomac!! And why doesn't Frenchot use some of the $750k he lent himself to perform some of his own polling?? Methinks, he has....and the numbers for him are no good. As a matter of fact, they are lant.

Posted by: purletto | August 28, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

if the poll says she's closing the gap - then she probably is - I'm glad at least someone can beat Schaefer... she's got my vote since she seems like the one most likely to get that man out of politics.

Posted by: jonah | August 28, 2006 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually the poll shows two things - 1) voters aren't happy with Schaefer and 2) Peter Franchot can't win.

Posted by: twin2 | August 28, 2006 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Jonah is on the money. WE NEED HIM OUT OF THE GAME and Owens is the one to beat him.

Frenchot is merely a thespian playing out his final role in this French tragicomedy of a campaign.

He will forever be known for yelling "pick me!! pick me!!" from the sidelines of Maryland politics, and he'll soon be joining the tantalizing team of Montgomery County Democrats who lose every year in statewide contests....buh, bye Frenchie.

Posted by: mariskeiffer4 | August 28, 2006 3:45 PM | Report abuse


Isn't it fun to make the argument about whether or not Franchot can win, or just make ridiculous claims about how he is a "wacky showman"? What evidence is there that Franchot is a "wacky showman"? More so than Schaeffer?!?! Ehrlich?!?
Interesting that I haven't seen a substantive criticism of Franchot in this discussion. I guess it's because none of you have any. game over.

Posted by: JimPreston | August 28, 2006 3:47 PM | Report abuse

A story about a poll conducted by the polling company which is employed by one of the candidates should not have shown up on the blog; rather, it should be one the floor of the room where the editor keeps his (or her) puppy. Lets instead talk about tax collection and about what the candidates would do on the Board of Public Works.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | August 28, 2006 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Franchot flip-flopped on slots, electric deregulation, Raven's stadium and the ICC. You never really know where he stands or what he stands for - politcal opportunism at its pinnacle. And HE CAN'T WIN.

Posted by: jamieG | August 28, 2006 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow! He flipped on the stadium deal?

Posted by: Cabell45 | August 28, 2006 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong, I think Councilman Franchot seems like an earnest guy, but I never see him on the public access channel which covers hearings. I don't think he's ever even attended one. What kind of public official is this guy?? It seems pretty arrogant to me that he takes his job's responsibilities so cavalierly. He can't be trusted with the money.

Posted by: graysoninolney | August 28, 2006 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Phyllis,

Mr. Ficker brings up a good point. It is not clear from the post above whether this poll was paid for by Ms. Owens or whether this is truly an independent poll by Gonzales. Can you shed some light on where this poll came from (Gonzales, the Owens campaign or someone else entirely)?

Posted by: James W | August 28, 2006 4:30 PM | Report abuse

That would be the first time anyone thought Robin Ficker had a good idea.

Posted by: tom | August 28, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure who paid for the poll, but I am familiar with Gonzales' operation, and he runs a very credible polling group.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | August 28, 2006 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The people of Maryland will be very, very disappointed if they elect the Queen of Sprawl.

Posted by: AA Resident | August 28, 2006 4:55 PM | Report abuse

AA Co. resident - are you a republican. Janet Owens record on the environment is impeccable - she has preserved more land in the past 8 years than had been preserved in the history of the County

Posted by: AAco resident 2 | August 28, 2006 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If Owens is so great on the environment, why did the League of Conservation voters endorse someone else?

If it is a toss-up between two candidates who share similar environmental platforms, often groups will not endorse. However, LCV certainly chose against Owens. I don't think that the Sierra Club endorsed her either. So maybe she isn't so good for the environment.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2006 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Some lobbyists represent corporate interest. Some lobbyists represent the interests of specific communities or for causes the reflect their own values. For example, people lobby for services for people with disabilities. Or for improvements to the foster care system. Or for environmental improvements.

Here was the point that I was making: I spent time (years, actually) in Annapolis and I have experience with Peter Franchot. He is a person of substance who has mastered complex issues. You don't have to vote for him if your politics don't align with his. But some who post here suggest that he's a lightweight or a crackpot and that isn't the case. He is smart, calculating, and effective.

Plenty of other people--legislators, local elected officials, advocacy organizations--who actually know Peter Franchot, and who know the other two candidates, have endorsed his candidacy.

Posted by: re: grover 12 | August 29, 2006 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't Maryland Moment posting about the decision of the Maryland Public Broadcasting--League of Women Voters cabal to limit tonights U.S Senate Primary debate to two lifelong Baltimore candidates? How are we ever going to ever get Metro funding from these guys?Doesn't Maryland Public Broadcasting get state funding? Baltimore has had two U.S. Senators for 25 years. It is time for a change.Why aren't the Post editors up in arms? Because they are all about dictating choices, just as they have tried to do in the Montgomery County Executive race.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | August 29, 2006 7:19 AM | Report abuse

"Janet Owens record on the environment is impeccable "

Is that why she has fast tracked the development process for her generous donors? Joe Rutter was brought in solely to make the development process easier, in such places as Crofton, where the County is generously offering a developer the ability to fill in wetlands to build a Wal-Mart. No, Ms. Owens Big Box Development mantra isn't good for Anne Arundel, and it's not good for Maryland.

Posted by: AA Resident | August 29, 2006 9:12 AM | Report abuse

FACT: Janet Owens laid off police officers in Anne Arundel County when we had a shortage of trained officers. FACT: they found jobs in other counties after we, the taxpayers of AAC paid for their training! Don't believe her adds about reducing our taxes, FACT: IT NEVER HAPPENED! FACT: Cutting taxes and Public Saftey not her thing..FACT: she likes Malls and Designer stores! FACT: She has never met a developer she didn't like! Watch out for the Queen of Sprawl!!! Think carefully before you cast that vote for her! Fact: you will regret it!

Posted by: AAC taxpayer | August 29, 2006 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Janet Owens has been the best county executive Anne Arundel has ever seen. Fact: She HAS conserved more land in her two terms than the previous 7 administrations combined. Fact: She most certainly HAS reduced property taxes 4 times. Fact: She is a wonderful person who has never been in the pocket of developers, and MOST IMPORTANTLY; SHE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT CAN DEFEAT SCHAEFER. Its that simple. Not only does she deserve to beat Schaefer, but she the only candidate that is QUALIFIED to hold the seat of comptroller. We would all be fools not to vote for Owens for Comptroller!!!

Posted by: Farryn Bowles | August 29, 2006 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Let's not be naive. Ms. Owens is bought and paid for by the development community, regardless of her niceties about land preservation. A quick look at her records shows she has taken:

Over $6k from Sturbridge Homes
Over $3k from William Berkshire, the man trying to develop the Wal-Mart in Crofton
Over $5k from Walt Petrie and his holding companies.
Over $8k from Alan/Lou Hyatt and their law firms.
Over $7k from the Arundel Mills Corp.
Thousands from the land use attorneys that represent the development community.

And on, and on.

No, unless you want Maryland to look like the New Jersey Turnpike, you would do well to vote ANYONE BUT OWENS.

Posted by: AA Resident | August 29, 2006 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Why is Patrick Gonzales, a supposedly reputable pollster giving money to Ms. Owens' campaign?

Posted by: AA Resident | August 29, 2006 11:17 AM | Report abuse

What kind of patronage does the Comptroller have? Could Gonzales be looking to pick up a piece of the action? What documentation do we have that he is "credible," or "reputable"?

Posted by: Pollster watcher | August 29, 2006 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Patrick Gonzales was hired to do a poll for Janet Owens, as well as other customers. This question is part of a larger poll he is releasing later this week.

Gonzales has been polling in Maryland for about 20 years, and his methodology is respected by other pollsters.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | August 29, 2006 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Are you people crazy? Or are there a couple franchot idiots on their computer trying to gather as much support as popssible? Polls ARE paid for by candidates! How else do potentials gather information on their chances? On which issues voters want address! VOTE OWENS!

Posted by: Brian Lawson | August 29, 2006 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Janet Owens has been a good County Executive either doesn't live in Anne Arundel County or works for her. She has preserved land, but all of it has been in South County, which is primarily rural to begin with. Her record in West County is deplorable! She's supported countless developments without any thought whatsoever to improvements to infrastructure. Crofton, Odenton and Gambrills are severely gridlocked and it will only get worse. The schools are so overcrowded that they will need to be redistricted. Her legacy is one of being influenced by developers to the detriment of her constituents. I fear the day that she has a vote on the Board of Public Works.

Posted by: Ike | August 29, 2006 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Ike. Apparently the Owens people think that by calling their opponents "idiots", the electorate will overlook her horrible track record of promoting sprawl development by her donors. Anne Arundel County residents will be glad to see her go. Let's hope it's for good.

Posted by: AA Resident | August 29, 2006 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Phyllis,

Thanks for finding out the information about whether Owens paid for this poll.

I guess my only complaint would be that the original post made no mention that Owens partially paid for this poll, which is normally done when a candidate pays for poll that is reported in the press. I am not questioning the final results or Gonzales' credibility as a pollster; but it is information that the reader should know about.

Posted by: James W | August 29, 2006 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Janet Owens paid Gonzales a nomimal amount to include a question regarding the comptrollers race, within an independent poll of his regarding statewide elections. This is a normal practice of all politicians; if franchot cant believe he is so far behind, why cant he produce his own poll? My guess is that he already has a poll and cannot release it b/c he so far behind. If anyone cares to question the validity of Owens' poll, where are theres to argue it? From what i see, Owens is the only candidate to maintain a positive campaign based upon her credentials. Schaefer is quiet, and rightfully so. Franchot just throws jabs at everyone, and clearly, it is not working. Hes been in the race for 9 months and cant get above 15%. Owens has been in the race for 1 1/2 and she is in a statistical deadheat with a maryland legend. That alone is enough to give her my vote.

Posted by: Gary B | August 29, 2006 2:21 PM | Report abuse

From what i can gather, most of the development that has taken place within Anne arundel county in the past so many years, was mostly preapproved by previous administrations, so i cannot understand why everything thinks she is queen of sprawl. I remember queen of sprawl being dubbed by a few crazy deale folks who didnt want a safeway. The aa citizens voted her into office twice, so id say she did a pretty gosh darn good job. Shes got my vote for comptroller. Seeing as the comptrollers office cheif duty is to collect taxes, and seeing as she has run a ssurplus every year in office, id say she is perfect for the job. Like i said, for all intensive purposes, shes got my household vote.

Posted by: Alyssa M | August 29, 2006 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Some may call Gonzales credible, respected, omniscient or whatever. I call him dumb. I bet that the National Organization of Pollsters, if there is one, has a tenet that a pollster should not contribute to the campaigns of those for whom they are polling. Because they can't have it both ways. They can't be objective on the one hand, and favor a certain candidate with a contribution with the other hand. Gonzales should know this. We may have been born at night, but it wasn't last night.

Posted by: Observer | August 29, 2006 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Apparently you can't gather much if you think that all of the commercial development that has gone in in the past 8 years was "preapproved by previous administrations". What a joke. Is this the intellectual capacity of the average Owens supporter? Owens narrowly won against a weak Republican opponent in 2002, and even at that, I doubt she'd win if she went head-to-head with him again today. No, Janet Owens can't leave office fast enough at this point.

Posted by: AA Resident | August 29, 2006 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I would agree with Observer also. By giving money to, or accepting money from, a particular candidate that is [art of a poll, it raises the appearance of favoritism even if there isn't any.

In retrospect, it was probably not a smart move on Gonzales' part to take the money from Owens at the same time he is doing independent polls for the media.

Posted by: James W | August 29, 2006 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I have great concerns about Alderman Franchot's fiduciary abilities. Who can claim they would be capable of managing our, Maryland Citizens, tax dollars when they loan their floundering, failing, fruitball camapign $750,000.00??!! Will he loan our tax dollars for some crazy boondoggle stadium or road? Who'll be managing the store if the Alderman wins??

Perhaps he should run for his previous position of County Dog Catcher.

Posted by: Rickford 21 | August 29, 2006 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Opponents of "sprawl" ultimately hurt the poor by denying the contstruction of new housing. Anything in high demand with a restricted supply will increase in price.

I think it's because they don't want poor folks moving into their neighborhoods.

Posted by: Rufus | August 29, 2006 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Rufus thinks if he repeats the lie often enough, it may gain traction. Sprawl hurts existing residents by inflating their tax burden. If Ms. Owens (or people like Rufus), were so concerned about the poor, they would support mandatory inclusionary zoning legislation. Ms. Owens (and I suspect Rufus) oppose it.

Posted by: AA Resident | August 29, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Deputy Seargent Franchot has continually misused his authority to divert funds from public campaign financing into his own silk lined pockets. His hegemony must be stopped.

Posted by: Squalor in Tokoma Park | August 29, 2006 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Anti-sprawl advocates in Anne Arundel County are not anti-poor. In fact, I would prefer more low and moderate income housing because most of the teachers, police officers, firefighters, clerks, and every other hard working member of our county just can't find an affordable place to live inside the county anymore. It's cheaper for a lot of these people to commute across the Bay Bridge than it is to buy a new home in the County. Anti-sprawl means being in favor of planned development in areas where the existing infrastructure can support the new housing. Either that, or have a PLAN to improve infrastructure when you approve new development. Owens has done neither. (Oh, and by the way, anyone who thinks Owens has done a good job managing the budget seems to forget that the reason there is money in the budget is because of the increase in revenue from property taxes and the housing market. Please, try to tell me my house has appreciated because Janet Owens is in charge. I need a good laugh).

Posted by: Ike | August 29, 2006 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I like Ike. Janet Owens good buddy, Walt Petrie is, in fact, proposing a development that will, in all likelihood, destroy some of the only affordable housing left in Anne Arundel County, several mobile home parks. The Administration is, as we speak, greasing the skids for this ill conceived project.
Is it just coincidence that Mr. Petrie has given over $5000 to her campaign?

Posted by: AA Resident | August 29, 2006 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I think Ike has way too much time on his hands. If all of you think you could manage a better budget than Janet Owens, than why have i never seen your name on a ballot. All you people like to bash our elect officials, when in all reality, all you do is sit back and whine. Shes proactive, very sharp and has done a seemingly wonderful job managing AA county for the past 8 years. Unlike my county, plagued with corrupted officials, Janet Owens has made AA county a benchmark on which most counties should rely upon. And franchot, whos that? The guys worked politics for 22 some-odd years and has yet to hold a substantial managerial position. 9 months of campaigning, and he cant even get to 15% of the vote? Schaefer needs retirement, so we all need to vote Owens if we want change. Shes got my vote.

Posted by: PG county voter | August 29, 2006 4:52 PM | Report abuse

So what if Janet Owens and Petrie are friends? ALL elected officials are friends with developers. Show me a name on a ballot without having some financing from a developer, and ill be sure to send my pig to flight school. Get your head out of the sand, based upon credentials alone, Janet Owens is the only logical choice; not to mention the only statistical possibility to beat out our dear friend Schaefer. I agree with above too, Ike, you have way too much angry time on your hands.

Posted by: Dennis C | August 29, 2006 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Sprawl hurts existing residents by inflating their tax burden."

A beautiful lie there, AA. Tax burdens also increase when the value of housing increases and restricting growth creates even more inflationary pressure.

Anti-growth types just don't like poor people living near them.

Posted by: Rufus | August 30, 2006 7:40 AM | Report abuse

"Anti-sprawl means being in favor of planned development in areas where the existing infrastructure can support the new housing."

Allegedly, that is. In reality, it's an easy method for preventing the construction of higher-density (i.e. moderate and low-income) housing.

It's a perfect ploy, you get to shut out the poor folks and act noble all at the same time.

Posted by: Rufus | August 30, 2006 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Fact: Anne Arundel County has a tax cap which means Ms. Owens, Queen of Sprawl, can only collect from us taxpayers what is allowed BY OUR LAW. Therefore, since the State Assements have risen, she collects more money and can "lower" taxes. How hard is that to understand? Lest you forget: she laid off Police Officers to do that!!! Fact: she won the County Executive race here in our County against a bad, bad person: John Gary...my dog would have beat him had he run! Fact: Janet Owens should go back to her "preserved farm" and finish raising tobacco, especially since she is a smoker!!! Watch out for this Queen of Sprawl Maryland! Fact: We warned you!

Posted by: AAC taxpayer | August 30, 2006 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Fact: the only reason she laid off police officers was to protect the countys bond rating. You wouldnt enjoy the pleasures you do living in AA county without having such a fiscally responsible county executive. Dont blame Owens, look at the countys bickering county council for blame. She crushed John Gary, yes, but lest not forget: She did so only after beating Diane Evans, who had the support and backing of the entire democratic party, all endorsements and unions, with a 5-1 finance lead. The fact remains: voters choose Owens. And this election is no different, the democratic party is in bed with Franchot, he has all the endorsements and support, and yet Owens is still more than double his numbers in every poll. The voters of maryland are going to elect the underdog again, and your arguments cannot hold against her. She will be our next comptroller, like it or not.

Posted by: Gary B | August 30, 2006 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow, some people seem to be taking the Comptroller's race personally and have resorted to calling those who disagree names! Fact: Police Officers laid off, why not NON ESSENTIAL personnel instead of those sworn to protect the citizens?

Fact: William Donald Schaefer has done more for the state of MD than any other elected official! Fact: Inner Harbor, National Aquarium, Do It Now, Maryland You are Beautiful, The Ravens...the list goes on and on. Community Service and serving the citizens is his life!

Posted by: AAC taxpayer | August 30, 2006 12:00 PM | Report abuse

True, William Schaefer has done more for maryland than any other elected official. Which is why i am sad that in his current state of affairs, i am going to have to vote for Janet Owens. Not that shes a poor alternative, but that Schaefer has digressed to this point. I do miss his glory of decades ago; his antics of late are ruining his legacy. He should have listened to his advisors and called it quits when the time was right.

Posted by: Wayne C. | August 30, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Could it be that "Dennis C" is Ms. Owens' loyal toady and unlikely successor, Dennis Callahan? And, why is it that all the people supporting Ms. Owens here are from PG County?

Posted by: AA Resident | August 30, 2006 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Good point AA resident! Sadly though, Wayne C is one of those people, like the Queen of Sprawl, who are willing to throw out a good person because of a dumb remark! Willie Don is the best public servant and his heart is in the State of Maryland. He is not using that office to further his way to the Governor's Office as is the Queen of Sprawl! Willie Don has been there, done that and did darn good to boot! Let's keep him, it is his life and he has made ours pretty good here in MD, unlike Anne Arundel County where Ms. Owens taxes, taxes, taxes and then lays off Police Officers! Unbelievable!

Posted by: AAC taxpayer | August 30, 2006 5:32 PM | Report abuse

One of the earlier posts states that Janet Owens is not in the pocket of developers. How true. She sleeps with one every night. And from what I understand, it's her bed buddy that really runs things in A.A. County. Owens lacks integrity (her promise not to run against "her friend" Comptroller Schaefer) and loyalty (treats her employees like crap, which explains the revolving door of front office staff over the last eight years. If these are important qualities to any of you, then she shouldn't receive a single vote.

Posted by: mercury | August 30, 2006 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Owens has done a fantastic job in managing one of the fastest growing counties in the country. The county is safe, clean, and in an extremely strong fiscal situation....all due to her leadership. She'll be an excellent Comptroller and will bring the honor and goodwill that Louis Goldstein and Schaefer(when he first took office!!) brought to the office. She is FIRST CLASS!

Posted by: spottswood12 | August 30, 2006 8:25 PM | Report abuse

It's true, Owens' husband, David Sheehan is a lawyer for the development community, and largely considered to be the brains behind the Queen. Will he wield the same degree of influence should she ascend to Willy Don's throne?

Posted by: AA Resident | August 30, 2006 8:56 PM | Report abuse

To answer here are the facts: the Queen of Sprawl's, Janet Owens, husband will be the POWER behind her/Comptroller, should she win, and not only that but he will when she runs for governor in 4 years! She does not want to be Comptroller, she wants to be Governor! Comptroller is the perfect spot to be in when she runs for Governor in 4 short years! Md do you want her for Governor??? That is the real question and our answer here in "her" county is NO WAY!!!!

Posted by: AAC taxpayer too | August 31, 2006 12:35 PM | Report abuse

YES!! WE want Janet OWens as our comptroller and it wouldn't be so bad to have her as Governor in 4 years, but that is quite a leap!! She's been extremely fically responsible and the County has never been in better shape.

PS. It looks like she will win...a new, not-paid for by the Owens campaign poll is out from WUSA Channel 9 and it has her at 42%, Willy Don at 35% and Lobbyist Franchot at 15%!!!

Posted by: Herb Schwartz | August 31, 2006 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Janet owens how has a 7 point lead over schaefer, while franchot hasnt moved an inch. this state knows we need to elect someone of the caliber of janet owens. She is the best candidate, and although i truly doubt she aspires to become governor, the comptrollers office is the perfect match for her abilities. She is a sound fiscal conservative, and anne arundel county is proof of that. She has my vote for comptroller.

Posted by: Chase c | August 31, 2006 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Channel 9 just announced Owens winning the comptroller race 42%-35% over Schaefer, with whoever-that-is in third with 15%. All arguments aside, its time we accept Janet Owens has the support of Maryland voters. She is winning in every poll, and therefore, has my support as well. If we want change, and we do, than we must support Janet Owens...otherwise, its 4 more years of sexist, abusive behavior. She deserves it.

Posted by: PG county voter | August 31, 2006 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Mercury: Owens' husband is NOT a developer; he a lawyer, both in real estate, as well as corporate and business law. Get your facts right. She should get all of our votes; she is the only candidate with integrity and loyalty. She is the only candidate running a strictly positive campaign...and those working under her who have left? They were the unloyal ones. She has stood by everyone of her constituents and has always fought for the betterment of the public.

Posted by: straggleboy | August 31, 2006 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Well at least the Washington Post has it right..they endorsed Mr. Franchot: Our choice is Mr. Franchot, whose occasionally strident partisanship is outweighed by his smarts and independent-mindedness, qualities that would make him a fine comptroller.

I bet he never laid off Police Officers the way that the Queen of Sprawl, Janet Owens did!!!!!!!

Posted by: AA taxpayer too | August 31, 2006 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course Franchot wouldnt have laid off anyone: hes never been entrusted with that much responsibility by any bloc of voter.The guy is a flipflopping, negative, political moron. Get over it already. He has never stood a chance, even with his own million dollars at waste. Lobbyist never win, especially when they try to cover it up as best as he did. Hes never accomplished anything, and will certainly not gain the office of comptroller over someone like Janet Owens, someone with true credentials.

Posted by: daniel T | August 31, 2006 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Has William Donald Schaefer done a bad job as Comptroller? NO! The State pension fund is solvent, unclaimed funds have been found by the citizens and the State is in the black! So sad that some would oust someone who has given his life to the citizens of this State, all the while loving the people and providing us with some good feelings when all others are so serious! For that Mr. Schaefer, you have my vote and I hope you Win!

Posted by: For Willie Don | September 1, 2006 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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