East siders back Kamenetz; still no Bartenfelder
Kevin Kamenetz, the Democratic Baltimore County executive candidate from Owings Mills, picked up some prominent support from the east side of the county Wednesday. His campaign announced that he had secured the backing of several big east side politicians and political clubs.
But -- we've said this before -- Kamenetz is still missing one big piece in the east side Democratic puzzle: his primary opponent Joseph Bartenfelder. Bartenfelder, a county councilman from Fullerton, has so far been silent on his plans for the general election. Kamenetz faces Republican former Del. Ken Holt.
Here's the list of candidates who got behind Kamenetz today, from the campaign: State Senator Norman Stone, Delegates Joseph “Sonny” Minnick, John Olszewski Jr., and Mike Weir Jr, and Council Chair John Olszewski Sr. He also won the support of the Battle Grove Democratic Club, New Seventh Democratic Club, County Seal Democratic Club and the Eastern Baltimore County Democratic Club.
Arthur Hirsch wrote a big story about the importance of geography in Baltimore County elections, and it appears that Kamenetz was just strong enough on the east side to prevent Bartenfelder from erasing his advantages elsewhere.
Interestingly, in that story, a member of the Battle Grove club made a pretty strong statement.
Graham "Butch" Henry, a longtime member of the Battle Grove Democratic Club in Dundalk, was flabbergasted when he heard that his district's councilman, John Olszewski Sr., had endorsed Kamenetz. He would have expected his fellow east-sider to back Bartenfelder, a farmer and former state delegate from Fullerton.
"I couldn't believe what I was hearing," said Henry. He said Olszewski's decision has scrambled the local political alliance, and "disrupted this whole area, as far as I'm concerned."