While the disgruntlement of some Republicans with Council President Bud Otis is understandable — sort of — we say, hell yes! You go, Bud!

Two points need to be made here:

(1) The world needs fewer political litmus tests and more moderation. The pendulum has swung way too far to the extremes. More people than ever are feeling alienated from the civic process, which has become a tribal clique of fanaticism, and created a cynicism about government small and large that really doesn’t match the reality in any meaningful sense anymore.

(2) Put Otis’ votes in context and take a look at the Republicans he’s voting against — particularly councilmen Kirby Delauter and Billy Shreve.

Can you blame Bud for not wanting to be thrown in with those two when they act like they do, and who haven’t suggested one sensible, rational or measurably meaningful piece of legislation in all their time in office (including four wretched years as county commissioners)? We’d list their flaws and past contretemps here, but respect that our readers only have limited time in their day. We’ll just say that they have all the collective subtlety of a pie in the face. Perhaps when Shreve and Delauter can come up with a thought-through budget cut or sensible, needed legislation, Otis will vote for it. We won’t hold our breaths.

It wasn’t so long ago, maybe in the last decade, that county government was more about potholes and trash collection than warring ideological factions (well, from three council members, anyhow). Four years of tea party governance put paid to that idea with terrifying efficiency as transparency, respect for public opinion and due diligence were crushed under heel.

We’re glad the voting public has — almost — put that little experiment in abeyance. County government has, so far, been restoring our trust in due process, and while we and they may have our occasional differences, the County Council and County Executive Jan Gardner has in the main been showing a measured, thoughtful and above all conservative approach to governing for which they should be commended. Otis has been a key part of this new approach to county politics as the swing vote and council president.

But it puts him in a dangerous position three years and some from now, when he’s up for re-election (if he chooses to run again). As a Republican, one who’s prepared to commit fundamental GOP heresy and vote with Democrats, Otis will face a backlash from a conservative bloc who helped put him in office. In other words, Otis could fail the ideological purity test modern Republicanism demands. And lest we believe there’s only a “small subset of conservatives” who are upset at him, as Democrat Jim Racheff noted in reporter Jen Fifield’s story on Otis’ vote, let’s remember that Shreve and Delauter were re-elected despite their many negatives.

So, what choices does Otis have? He could side with the three Republican councilmen and climb in the clown car — and we doubt he wants that. Or he could switch and become a Democrat. That’s a difficult choice and always carries a suspicion about motive.

Or Otis could declare himself a man without a country, as more than 21 percent of voters in Frederick County have done already — he can become an independent.

In any case, it looks like Otis intends to be his own man.

“The approach some people are using to intimidate me isn’t going to work,” he said. “I’m going to vote how I want to vote, and I don’t give a rip.”

We’re right there with ya, Bud.

(72) comments

FNP-reader

Well I've been living in Frederick for 16 years now and from Maryland to California and a few other states where I have worked I have seen a lot of political shenanigans, but the last board of commissioners was the worst bunch of political hacks lining the pockets of developers I have ever seen. They did severe damage long term damage to the County and the full extent the harm from their sell out to developers and their rank stupidity will be coming be coming home to roost in Frederick for decades to come.

deutschmnn

“I’m going to vote how I want to vote, and I don’t give a rip.”

That's right Bud....your supporters / constituents be damned.

DickD

That wasn't what he meant and you know it!

deutschmnn

The opposition always loves a infil-traitor of their opponents.

DickD

With thinking like yours, it is easy to see why we have the problems in D.C. that we have.

[cool] Nice job!

connieandjim1960

This 'party mentality' is has evolved into such a sham. Look what Nancy Pelosi, as well as John Boehner, have done for the country.(Why are they called 'Whips" anyway? Maybe they are the jockeys who are to wallop the horse to run faster.)
We should return to the time in history where there was no affiliation with anything other than the principles of making this country great.
Voters casting ballots simply with regard to the 'party-line' decisions as opposed to making a personal determination as to what is right for the city, the county, the state or the country (as the venue might be) is what has gotten into the national mess we now have. So far this has been a stalemate of almost an eight year span.
As for Bud Otis: he is, so far, a Man among Children (some of who are still acting as a child. Even though their 'party' voted them into a position of responsibility and trust at least two haven't shown either.
I will confess to voting for both of these do nothing Republicans. An admission I hate to make. I, too, am guilty of voting for Republicans, even when I didn't know much about their opponents. For that I, like many others in the county, find myself forced to live with my mistake. Unfortunately that type of blunder is one which I have to live with until the next election.
A discussion of the scenarios with Kirby D. is as worthless as the topic.
I support anyone who is an independent thinker as opposed to some political sheep. I think Bill Otis is worthy of my respect; I will vote for him at any opportunity other than the other two Republicans who are causing so much dissension.

DickD

I agree with all of what you said and really would like to have seen Linda or
Susan win the at large Council seat, instead of Billy. I did research Kirby some and did not like what I saw, so I would have supported Mark, except he is not in my District.

public-redux

"We should return to the time in history where there was no affiliation with anything other than the principles of making this country great."

When was that?

DickD

Back in the days of George Washington?

public-redux

No. The partisan bickering and politics of personal destruction between the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans was pronounced.

des21

Not really Public. It was there under the scenes but they kept it under wraps out of respect to the old man. It was only after the middle of his second term that Adams, and especially Jefferson, began to hire "journalists" to discredit each other.

I like Jefferson when I was a boy (at least what I read of him) but the more I learned, the more I realized what a true weasel he was. Obsessed with red wine to help with his constipation and only freed those slaves he had fathered on his death- and not even all of those!

public-redux

des, If you are quibbling over 2 or 3 years, then my argument (the fallacy that there was every a time when " there was no affiliation with anything other than the principles of making this country great.") has carried the day.

And I'm not so quick to concede on those few years either. (The "Washington being led on an ass" cartoon from 1789; the ideological fight over the Bank of the United States in Washington's first term; the D-Rs referring to the proto-Federalists as "monocrats" (not a term of endearment)).

I completely agree with you on TJ. Duplicitous, lying, back-stabbing chap. At least he suceeded at one or two things.

Oscarpot14

You said it all with the statement "The pendulum has swung way too far to the extremes." Many voters regardless of their official party designation are very much sick and tired of the same old contrarian silliness of government. Bud Otis seems to understand this and is absolutely making a connection with the folks who feel that our local government is not serving us well. It has been a long time coming that a local elected official goes against the grain and bucks the "establishment." Bud Otis understands who he is working for-the greater good. Keep up the good work-many a voters will have your back.

pat123

Personally, I think it's refreshing to have someone in office who thinks about the county more than marching to the tune of a particular political party. Keep up the good work, Bud Otis!

DickD

The FNP again is ignoring some very logical facts. First, many Republicans vote blind and they did vote blindly for Billy and Kirby. Next, you have to realize at least some of the Republicans are waking up as to what Billy and Kirby are doing and to a lesser extent, Tony. Yes, some support the trio, but some don't and the question really should be who is going to be hurt the most. And finally, you have also ignored the facts that while we have some very good Democrat candidates, most Democrats think Bud is doing a good job and will vote for him, which will more than offset any potential Republican losses.

Still, Bud might have a problem winning the primary. He can handle that two ways. He can simply run as an Independent as you suggested or he can run as a Republican and if he wins be on the Republican ticket. If he does not win the Republican primary he can still run as an Independent. I know I said finally, but there are several other alternatives. He can run on the Democrat ticket or he can simply run for Congress, if he chooses. He just might be a shoo-in.

pdnsen43123

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pdnsen43123

Now that I know more about Bud Otis, I would vote for him no matter his party. Jan Gardner g did

Nicki

You say Jan "overstepped her authority".
How so?

valerie_dale

I intend to vote for Bud Otis any time he is on the ballot, regardless of what party he is, because he is a man of integrity who votes according to what he believes is in the best interest of our community.

In a few short months, he has become a leader respected by many across the political spectrum, and beholden to none. It is my hope he will help moderate, sensible Republicans take more of a leadership role... and part of that means community leaders and others running for and electing reasonable R's to the Central Committee!

KarlBickel

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Tigerzord

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DickD

Yes, Bud is setting a high standard for the rest to try and achieve. Of course, the bar was set low by Billy and Kirby and without their help, we may never have known how good Bud is. So, for Bud, let me say thank you Billy and Kirby.

BstD59

How very astute! Yes, let me echo Dick and say thanks to Kirby and Billy for bringing a man of integrity the recognition he deserves! [smile]

richardlyons

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fnfn

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jerseygrl42

You obviously have no use for the tea party which is unfortunate and indicates you probably don't understand what true tea party folks stand for and PLEASE do not put the 5 clowns in the Tea Party group as they ARE NOT, they are all about self-agrandizement...just as you are about pushing your agenda ......and while we are at it, please tell us just what you think "modern republicanism " is all about

DickD

jerseygirl, I know you are with us on this, but you really need to look at how the Tea Party has acted and what they have done. If they are disliked, and I think they are, they earned it.

barbaradean8

they earned.

BstD59

Oh yeah...no doubt about it...they earned it!

Dwasserba

The word "put" seemed to be in this a lot, and I'm not sure what "put paid" means. But I enjoyed the overall theme of it, encountering "contretemps" in an otherwise English sentence, the title and the reference to pie.

FrederickFan

I'm growing weary of the FNP's schizophrenia on this and a wide variety of topics. One day they hang Council President Otis out to dry because he betrayed the right wing, and the next day its as if their previous article/editorial never even existed. Now Mr. Otis is a prince of a fellow because he "...intends to be his own man."

Last weekend according to the FNP, County Executive Jan Gardner overstepped her authority by issuing an executive order banning elected officials from doing business with the government they are supposed to serve. But today she and Mr. Otis have shown "...a measured, thoughtful and above all else conservative approach to governing for which they should be commended."

DickD

They are "swaying in the breeze", aren't they?

gary4books

This echo of past governance may even be a sign of hope for the future. I think a congratulation to Mr. Otis is in order. I may not agree with all his positions, but intelligence is always appreciated.

fnfn

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cctjr64

Bud has my Republican Vote. The Frederick County Republican Central Committee has to learn there is a new Republican Party in Frederick and is not run by Michael Hill, Rand Weinberg, Kirby Delauter, and Billy Shreve.

DickD

Good for you!

Hayduke2

[thumbup] That would be a nice accomplishment.

BstD59

Someone needs to step up and organize a peaceful takeover of the Republican Central Committee. They did their best to destroy the Party here in Frederick, moderate Republicans are finally waking up to the threat and I hope a leader will come forward in the very near future.

fnfn

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DeDeuceCoupe32

Anheuser Busch would probably agree in this case, calling Bud "uncle tom".

barbaradean8

what does that mean?

DickD

I took it as a reference to the book and I think the meaning is to be humble and not ask for too much. But sometimes people are just likeable and they do not have to ask, to get.

DickD

Call him anything but late to supper. He is going to get our support.

Tigerzord

I say, way to go Bud! There's only a few who don't like that you are using your brain, unlike the prior BoCC. Shrelauter doesn't know how to think for themselves without BY, maybe that is why Shreve abstains.

fnfn

Cannot be a ditto head without the ditto.[wink]

Nicki

Mr. Otis does not need to change party affiliation. Just as sensible republicans voted for Jan, sensible democrats will vote for him-- should he decide to run.

fnfn

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Corgi

Thats really good,... lets talk about civility in government and then start throwing names out there . "clown car" really, setting a great standard fnp. disappointing!!

Hayduke2

If the shoe fits.....

jswalker1963

I'm sure if certain members were called clowns it would be far more of an insult to the clowns of the world than it would be to he or she, yet he or she would be the one to go pout.

fnfn

[smile]

Waahh!

BlueDawn666

Why can't the person that wrote this editorial just write them all? I know you all take turns but there are a few of you that don't deserve a turn anymore.

This was one of those editorials that was well researched and well written.

the County Council and County Executive Jan Gardner has in the main been showing a measured, thoughtful and above all conservative approach to governing for which they should be commended....it is about time you gave Jan some credit for the job she is doing...I know it was hard but glad to see you are at least trying.

fnfn

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vicdavy

Good Ed. Bud should switch parties he's too smart to be a Republican.

Charles_Nelson_Reilly

There is a difference between parties?

barbaradean8

sorry to tell but there is HUGE differences between the party

DickD

You better believe it!

fnfn

Huge-er than it used to be.

Dwasserba

...and that is not enough reason to affiliate with either party, in the minds of the 21% and growing

DickD

I think he is smart enough, but changing parties is not necessarily good. For instance, I could become a Republican to vote for Bud in the primary, but then I couldn't vote for the Democrats I like.

DickD

You don't think Republicans need some smart candidates? I do agree, just thought it was funny. lol

armillary

Great column.

And give credit to FrederickVeteran for the "clown car" analogy in his comments on yesterday's story about Bud not voting with the tea party tribe.

bukweet

i noticed that, too!

Dwasserba

Yep..
Comments are the fnp's property.
Keeping them in business, one post at a time

barbaradean8

tribe? me thinks a cult

stevemckay

Loved this editorial. Too many quotables to list. Nice job.

quakerway

It took more than two-and-a-half years and 1,273 votes for the FNP to report on the record and power of a Blaine Young voting bloc on the BOCC (July 21, 2013). It took 6 votes by Mr Otis for them to go through his record with a fine tooth comb. Thanks for paying attention and putting things in perspective FNP.

DickD

Even if it was after they :knocked" him. I like Bud's; "I don't give a rip."

public-redux

W.T.F. (With Total Fondness)

prg202

You Betcha Mr. Otis. Common sense and a thought to the citizens.
I'm with you.
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