September 18, 2014 2:47 am ET
Admission by Mr. Crandell is what integrity and leadership is all about
Source: Open. Honest. Refreshing.
I received an e-mail from Republican Todd Crandell, candidate for Baltimore County Council in the 7th District—an email that I want to share with you, my readers.
Prior to this, Mr. Crandell contacted me by phone discussing this same issue. That phone call was unsolicited and solely the impetus of Mr. Crandell’s open and honest policy.
Mr. Crandell followed through with the promise made during his campaign to be open and honest, and this e-mail proves it.
This, friends, is what leadership is all about. I applaud Mr. Crandell’s decision to step up to the plate and be completely open and honest with the voters of the 7th district.
In my opinion, honesty is something that seems to be missing in this election. It seems integrity is taking a back seat to the political agendas of numerous organizations. One would think that the most important issue in vetting a candidate is the candidate’s character.
But, then again, that is just my opinion. Though I do believe that others feel the same way.
Here is the unedited text of Mr. Crandell’s e-mail to me:
It has come to my attention that you have faced criticism for checking claims my opponent made on his résumé while not checking on my background, even though you wrote that we had discussed my background at length. I have been open and honest with you and everyone else I have talked to throughout our campaign, and I am not going to change that now that Election Day is closer.
Because I have run a campaign based on honesty, leadership, and vision and because I believe voters are frustrated with politicians calling outright lies “oversights”, I think it is important for those of us running for public office acknowledge items in our past that are less than perfect, especially as my opponent has been less than honest about his past.
That said, I believe voters should be aware that years ago I underwent a difficult time financially during the recession that hit us in 2008 on top of losing a dispute with the IRS. As a result I incurred a tax debt of about $10,000 which I have been paying off over time. I am on track to satisfy the debt and live up to my obligation, and I now owe about $2500.
All of us, at some point, face challenges and tests in our lives that go along with our successes, and I have known the pain of a job loss and business ventures not working out as planned. What’s important is that we take responsibility, fix the problem, and learn from our adversity.
Now, I would bet that the IRS is not exactly the most open and honest federal agency in our government, but they do wield a lot of power. (However, the word “power” has taken on all new connotations lately, and some of them are rather nefarious in nature, but I digress.)
I have heard through my sources that other attacks against Mr. Crandell may be coming. The thing that comes to mind is desperation, because usually attacks are meant as a means to distract people from the real issues.
But, again, I digress.
Folks, let me just say that when one stands tall and takes responsibility for his actions, I will stand behind that person and be the first one to put my X next to his name on the ballot sheet.
It is one thing to make a mistake, and it is another thing to cover up that mistake (or blame someone else). There isn’t a person alive who, at one time or another, has not struggled with personal matters. In this district, I’m quite sure many people can relate to that.
My hat is off to Mr. Crandell for the courage to put this admission out there, because I’m sure it was not easy.