County Executive-elect Ike Leggett may be on a high over the wave of Democratic elected officials flooding an already-blue Montgomery County, but he's still down in my book for giving into the NIMBYs and calling for a moratorium on growth in Montgomery County, perhaps in our very own East County.
Now, Ike lives in East County. He knows how expensive homes here have gotten. He knows how bad traffic is in the mornings when everyone drives out to work and in the evenings when they come back. He's probably frustrated over having to go to Columbia, Wheaton or North Bethesda for shopping. Maybe he's even ridden a crowded Z6 bus up The Pike once or twice.
So why's he so interested in a moratorium? Do we need any more McMansions like his eating up the Maryland countryside? Why isn't he calling for more mixed-use development? Why isn't he calling for more transit? Why haven't we heard anything about the Purple Line yet? O'Malley says it's at the top of his agenda. I guess we're seeing a reversal of the current situation, where the County Exec. is pushing for it and the Governor's indifferent.
The "I've got mine, screw you" mentality is better suited for the selfish NIMBYs than for the man who's supposed to be leading our County. You came from poverty, Ike. Shouldn't you care about people who can't afford to live in Montgomery County? Obviously not. You've got yours.