Blowing Up The Conventional Wisdom (III)

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Let’s try a thought exercise. This is of course purely theoretical.

Candidate “A,” a former elected official, has raised over $700,000, and has over $500,000 cash on hand. “A” has two labor endorsements, the most recent of which is UFCW, which has 2,500 members in the relevant district. “A” has done an internal poll that shows A in a close race with Candidate “C” and far ahead of Candidate “B”.

Candidate “B,” a current elected officeholder, has raised over $500,000, and has over $375,000 cash on hand. “B” has approximately ten labor endorsements, the most recent of which is AFGE. There are over 25,000 federal employees in the county in which the election is primarily being contested. “B” has also been endorsed by several national progressive groups, including Emily’s List, as well as the Sierra Club. “B” has done an internal poll that shows “B” in a close race with “C” and ahead of “A.”

Candidate “C,” a former statewide elected official, has very high name recognition. “C” has raised just over $450,000 and has less than $275,000 cash on hand. “C” has one labor endorsement. “C” has done no polling that has been released publicly.

Three other candidates are also running. None have held elected office, and their total contributions to date combined are less than $65,000.

How would you assess this race, based on the descriptions above? Each of the three specifically identified candidates have strengths, “A” with money, “B” with endorsements, and “C” with name recognition. Hard to separate them, especially when there are conflicting internal polls out there with varying results.

But hey, if you’re Arelis Hernandez of the Post, you don’t have any problems at all. You just let Glenn Ivey (“A”) write your assessment up for you.

One of the largest retail labor unions in suburban Washington on Monday endorsed former Prince George’s County state’s attorney Glenn F. Ivey in the race to succeed Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional district.

The Prince George’s-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, which has 2,500 members in the 4th, said Ivey is the best-equipped candidate to help working- and middle-class families.

“In a time when Congress just isn’t working for our families, we know Glenn Ivey is the champion we need to raise wages, create jobs and expand vital middle-class programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare,” said Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400, in a statement.

The union has endorsed Edwards over Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in the primary race for Senate. It endorsed state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) in the contest to succeed Van Hollen in the House.

The primary is April 26.

In the 4th, Ivey has led the field in fundraising. An internal poll his campaign released earlier this year suggested that he is closing the gap in name recognition with primary rival and former Maryland lieutenant governor Anthony G. Brown.

The other primary candidates are Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s), military veterans Warren Christopher and Terence Strait and retired U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg.

Peña-Melnyk, who is second in fundraising behind Ivey, announced support last week from labor unions representing bricklayers and painters in the metropolitan region.

Roxana Mejia, political action director for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades’ 51st District Council, said their 1,400-member strong organization will be supporting the delegate financially and with “feet on the street.”

The UFCW endorsement is Ivey’s first since June. Has Hernandez written about any of Joseline Pena-Melnyk’s labor endorsements? Spoiler: she’s “B.” Nope, not one. Incredibly, Hernandez (at the very end) wrote about a labor endorsement – but not the one from the union with 25,000 members in Prince George’s County, AFGE. Instead, she focused on a 1,400 member union endorsement. 

Even more incredible, Hernandez relegates Pena-Melnyk to “other candidates” and claims that the “primary rivals” are Ivey and Anthony Brown (“C”) based on – nothing. She references Ivey’s internal poll, making no mention of the Pena-Melnyk internal poll that put her ahead of Ivey.

I’ll be blunt – Hernandez is shilling for Glenn Ivey. When I was out in Prince George’s County last week for a debate, Arelis Hernandez and Jolene Ivey huddled together after the event for more than 20 minutes. This atrocious, one sided propaganda puff piece was the result.

Bigger question – how did this story get published? Does anyone at the Post actually oversee the political reporting? A reporter for a national newspaper is defining the race to exclude a clearly top tier candidate from consideration based on what clearly appeared to me to be a very cozy relationship with another candidate’s wife. Pena-Melnyk has more endorsements than anyone, more money than Anthony Brown, yet she gets referred to like this:

The other primary candidates are Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s), military veterans Warren Christopher and Terence Strait and retired U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg.

Her most recent – and significant – endorsement is not reported on at all. Glenn Ivey couldn’t ask for better coverage if his own staff wrote the article. What kind of journalism is this?

3 thoughts on “Blowing Up The Conventional Wisdom (III)

    1. Jonathan Shurberg Post author

      Wow, that’s some deep investigative commentary there. Where’d you ferret out that information? Oh wait that’s right you got it from me. Because I disclose my interests and affiliations. I’ve never claimed to be objective, but I do my best to make sure readers know where I stand.

      You, on the other hand, don’t have the guts to even give your full name even after I ask you for it. Profiles in courage.

  1. Michael

    I think you’re making a mountain out of a molehill. The same reporter didn’t cover Baker’s endorsement of Ivey at all. Calling her a “shill” is just silly.


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