Last Tuesday night, Alan Klein’s concession of the District 4 council race came via phone call to Mary Kay Sigaty, where she awaited results at the combined Sigaty/Ulman campaign headquarters. Representing Klein in person was Delegate Liz Bobo, who walked in the room simultaneous to that call. Those events seem fitting. Alan did what he signed up to do, and, at the end, handed off the failed venture to its creator.
Bobo’s entrance into the room got what one attendee called “a verrrrrry frosty reception” from the gathering which included various supporters and a who’s-who of Howard County Democrats: Senator Jim Robey, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Delegate Guy Guzzone, Delegate Frank Turner, Delegate Shane Pendergrass, Councilwoman Jen Terrasa, Councilman Calvin Ball, and Councilwoman Courtney Watson. There were some shocked faces and whispers.
It seems her presence there also effectively ended the party. After Mary Kay’s thank-you to the crowd, Bobo started to move to the front of the room as if to speak. It seems no one wanted to hear her. Heads turned away, and the room emptied as if someone had pulled a plug. It was the shortest victory celebration we’ve ever seen.
The Klein Campaign is just the latest example of how she’s alienated her peers. It adds to the damage that was surely done in the Symphony Woods Concept fiasco, when she unwisely tried to help CA in attempting to shift blame for their disastrous mis-handling of the project on to the county and she even tried to implicate the state by hinting that public money might be jeopardized due to the imaginary delay. (Both of those attempts were disproven here.)
In yet another indication of how the plates have shifted, we thought it was notable that John Bailey, an unknown teacher with zero political experience and no money, was able to carve out 18% of the vote against this career politician. It speaks volumes that he was able to get that much support against an established campaign coffer and the fanatical nature of some of Bobo’s long-time supporters.
The branch that does not bend breaks. When Bobo refused to change with the times, she was left in the dust. In other ways, she allowed her arrogance to color her judgment and miscalculated just how relevant she is anymore.
With her stand-alone backing of Klein and stubborn road-blocking, Bobo drew a line in the sand against her political peers, against the community’s consensus, and against the inevitable: change.
Yet again, she gambled and lost.