In golfing terminology, a “shank” is a shot that veers off wildly – usually to the right. With that in mind, there is going to be a GOP primary in Western Maryland. And it promises to be delicious.
Neil Parrot, a conservative activist Republican who has been a key organizer of tea parties opposing ObamaCare and tax increases is scheduled to formally announce next Monday that he is gunning for the Maryland House seat currently occupied by fellow conservative Republican Chris Shank.
Now, why would Parrott be going after Shank, a fellow Brother-in-Rightwing-Arms when he could continue being an impact player as an activist and organizer?
In fact, according to The Herald-Mail of May 30, 2009, Parrott said, “I’m not going to run against Chris Shank. I’m very happy with the conservative values he brings to this district.” Parrott added that he would “reevaluate” his political options if Shank went after State Senator Donald Munson.
Well, given Parrott’s announcement that he is planning to run for Shank’s seat, one of two things is about to be proven true: Either Neil Parrott was lying when he said he wouldn’t run against Shank…or the much hinted at challenge Delegate Shank was said to be mounting against 2nd District Senator Munson is about to take place.
Senator Don Munson has often been described as a “moderate Republican.” While some may consider that a complimentary phrase, to many in the MD GOP, he works way too often – and in far too cozy a manner – with the Democrats.
What seems to really infuriate the people with whom I’ve spoken in and around his district is that Munson is in a seat where he has no need to mollify the Democratic Imperial Heirarchy in order to get re-elected. In fact, his cuddling up with the Dems is precisely what has led to the challenge he is likely to face from Chris Shank.
So, why does Munson do it, play overly nice with the Democrats? What the Hell? I guess his true political colors are shining through, and that’s fine…other than the fact they just may cost him re-election.
Expect a Shank/Munson primary, with Shank and Parrott teaming up when it benefits them both, if not simply just teaming up for the duration.
Regardless, however this one turns out, it’s going to be a grand spectacle to watch. Unless, of course, Senator Munson does something totally unexpected.
Like retire before he chances getting his ass handed to him. Yeah, I don’t think so either.