Whoops! WaPo Editorial Board Forgets Republican Is Running In County Executive Race
Today the Washington Post editorial board gave endorsements in Montgomery County [Md.] Council and Board of Education races. The latter are nonpartisan contests.
Of the seven endorsements for the former, the Post awarded only one to a Republican, Robin Uncapher, whom the Post lauded for being "a calm, clear-eyed centrist with a sensible approach to moderating spending."
While the Post noted that three of its endorsees "face weak Republican challengers," the Post erroneously noted that the sitting "County Executive Isiah Leggett, a Democrat, is running unopposed."
But this is simply untrue. Leggett is opposed by Republican nominee Doug Rosenfeld, who told local news radio station WTOP that he was "was shocked but not surprised" and deemed the omission "an intentional action."
As of 5:45 p.m. today, the error remains uncorrected in the online edition. [Screen capture after page break]
While I don't think the omission was intentional by the Post, it does show a huge degree of sloppiness. As a Montgomery County resident, I can attest Rosenfeld hasn't had a high-profile campaign, but there's no excuse for Post editorial writers to not know he is on the ballot.