Dear Mayor Rawlings-Blake,
How are you? I hope you're doing well in light of the fluctuating weather we're experiencing.
After considering the pros and cons, I wish to enthusiastically support your candidacy. I want to assure you that there is no sarcasm intended. It is my sincere hope that you run a strong campaign and ultimately win the Democratic nomination (which will require you to beat U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who has already announced his intention to seek the office, and likely many others). In fact, I think you should declare immediately so that you can procure the money and support needed to win. SRB '16! And while I'm sure your mentor U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings is pondering a candidacy between naps, I think you are the person to do it.
The numbers indicate that you may have a strong chance if you move swiftly. With Mikulski's departure Baltimore will lose one of its mainstays in statewide political activity, and could use someone new to take the mantle and rally votes. The demographics seem to favor democratic turnout in 2016 as well (certainly more than they did in 2014).
Simultaneously, you’ve aligned with questionable donors (not even kidding) populated your staff with flunkies and cronies, and pushed through massive changes to the city despite financial, environmental and personal objections. You managed to quietly and loudly kill reforms to how Baltimore’s government conducts itself on a level that would make former Detroit Mayor (and current inmate 44678-039) Kwame Kilpatrick blush.
And what of the city you claim to love? Whatever will become of it without your nonplussed eyes and repeated tropes of “reckless and irresponsible” action? I can assure you that is—at least for our citizens—the best part.
With someone legitimately interested in all of Baltimore, perhaps then we can meaningfully address issues of education, jobs (real ones, not those accidental ones that came through the casino you enthusiastically supported), housing, arts, and the environment. But we can’t get there until you are not here. All things considered, your greatest gift to Baltimore would be ending your service to it.
As a registered Republican I am unable to vote for you in the primary. However, I so believe in this venture that I will put my money where my mouth is and make a donation in your name should you declare. I'll even make a video of it and send it to you. Unlike Baltimore City, I won't need a part to make that happen. I’ll even sweeten the deal: Should you back down due to a Cummings candidacy, I’ll even support your run for the House of Representatives. The key point here is this: You don’t have to go to Washington, but you can’t lead here.
In conclusion, I hope you consider my peasant words as you look into your political future and achieve your destiny as a candidate for the United States Senate (or anything else but mayor). Do it for your family! Do it for your résumé! Do it for you! Do it for Baltimore!