When I met with The Post’s editorial board a week ago, I did not expect to receive the paper’s endorsement, but I was looking forward to the opportunity to make the case for change in Maryland and the United States. So I was not surprised to read The Post’s endorsement of my opponent, incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin [“Ben Cardin for Senate,” Oct. 21]. What did surprise me, though, was the tone. It appears that The Post’s friend Ben was not supposed to be challenged this year and it finds annoying the temerity of anyone making a case to the contrary.
While The Post calls my proposals for stimulating economic growth and creating jobs in Maryland “half-baked,” it seemed all too ready to accept Gov. Martin O’Malley’s assessment that all is going well in Maryland and that there is little to be worried about. I respectfully disagree. Many Marylanders appear to also disagree: Over the course of this campaign, I have visited places and met people who, as your advertising suggests, “don’t get it.” These are hardworking people, facing tough times, and towns that are not richly endowed with federal projects.
By discounting my “seriousness,” The Post has assumed the ability to decide what is serious and what isn’t. Revitalizing inner-city Baltimore, in my view, is a serious proposition, as is boosting Maryland’s exports by $1 billion, strengthening our hopelessly clogged infrastructure with $3 billion in improvements, redoubling our efforts to wage war on cancer or creating a pilot program to offer hope and opportunity to 15,000 disadvantaged youth — these are all serious projects in my view, and that is why I am running.
The Post seemed puzzled that I should spend a substantial amount of my own assets in doing so, but that may be because what I am doing in this race is different than the preordained outcomes with which it is more familiar. Because of my belief that Maryland can do better, that it is time to reconsider what a U.S. senator’s job description should be, and that Washington’s gridlock can be broken only by something really different — all this made a campaign, in my view, a gamble worth taking.
My forcing the low-key Cardin to actually wage a campaign may strike The Post as being a nuisance. To many others in Maryland, though, there is finally an alternative. Voters may follow The Post’s instructions or, as I advocate, declare their independence. Let’s see what happens.
Rob Sobhani, Potomac
The writer is an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland.