Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s campaign launches his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor on Maryland on Monday in Towson. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun video)
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz seemed to be very confused at his kick off for his gubernatorial run ("Kamenetz announces campaign amid question about Baltimore County employee's email," Sept. 18). Several times Mr. Kamenetz invoked the names of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Jeff Sessions. But he is not running for president, Speaker of the House or any other national position; Mr. Kamenetz is running for governor of the state of Maryland, and he should confine his remarks to telling us why is is running for that state (not national) position. His Republican opponent will be Gov. Larry Hogan, not Donald Trump. If Mr. Kamenetz wants to run against Mr. Trump he is entering the wrong race.
Mr. Kamenetz touts his record on education and reminded all voters that he had air conditioned all of the Baltimore County Schools. He did not remind people that the county schools got air conditioning only after Governor Hogan made him do that.
I understand that it is Mr. Kamenetz's desire is to link Mr. Hogan to all of the negative Donald Trump feelings. But Mr. Hogan shares none of the negative qualities of Mr. Trump, and the people of the state of Maryland know that. Mr. Hogan is currently enjoying approval ratings of more than 60 percent in a state that is overwhelmingly Democratic.
But it is Mr. Kamenetz himself who should remind voters of Donald Trump. His selling of county land at the Dundalk Government Center and at the Towson Fire Station brings to mind Mr. Trump's desire to sell off national lands. Mr. Kamenetz's "deal" with Caves Valley developers (who contributed to Mr. Kamenetz's campaign) reminds me of Mr. Trump leasing mineral rights on federal lands to his friends in the oil industry. And the sight of County Executive Kamenetz screaming at the Mays Chapel citizens to shut up and telling them that it was his job to talk and their job to listen should remind all Maryland voters of the bullying tactics of Donald Trump.