Mohorovic and D’Adamo’s no-shows at local parades attract notice
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:44
 by Ben Boehl

    House of Delegates candidates  may have pulled off an apparent upset in June’s primary, but both have since been absent from such high-profile public events as the Dundalk 4th of July parade and the recent North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department parade, and their Republican opponents are starting to notice.
    “I have not seen Nick D’Adamo since early voting back in June,” said Republican House of Delegates candidate Bob Long.
    Ric Metzgar, another Republican running for the House of Delegates, questioned why D’Adamo and Mohorovic would not take part in a light-hearted event such as a parade.
    “If you are not at the little things, then how are you going to maintain the major events such as important issues?” Metzgar asked rhetorically. “I think I might have missed one of these [community festivals], and that was when I was on vacation. Interaction with the community is important.”
    Neither D’Adamo, a former Baltimore City councilman, nor Mohorovic, who was elected to the House twice in the 1990s, was spotted at a recent community input meeting on development plans for the former Seagram’s distillery site.
    Republicans are not the only ones to notice D’Adamo and Mohorovic’s absences.
    There have been reports that prominent Democrats were upset that Mohorovic and D’Adamo decided to skip arguably the highest-profile event of the year — the 4th of July parade, especially given that all of the Republican House candidates — Metzgar, Long and Robin Grammer — were in attendance.
    Mohorovic explained that his foot was swollen and could not walk the 4th of July parade.
    “I have walked in the parade before, but my feet were in bad shape,” Mohorovic  said. “I guess I could have rode in a car, but I like to walk in the parade.”
    D’Adamo said he was invited to the parade but had another obligation, adding that he did not get an invite to the Edgemere parade.
    As a former city councilman, D’Adamo said he would go to events as an elected official but not as a candidate.
    “Since I didn’t get an invitation, I didn’t want to [impose],” D’Adamo said. “I’m not an elected official. I’m just a candidate. Sometimes people don’t like  it when you just ‘show up’ for a parade.”
    Some Republicans have also questioned the former city politician’s desire to represent the area, since he is new to southeast Baltimore County. D’Adamo responded that he does care about the needs of the 6th District.
    “My heart is in politics. I’m a public servant and I like to help people,” D’Adamo said.
    Del. John Olszewski said he tries to attend as many community events as possible because he enjoys the opportunity to communicate and interact with residents, but downplayed the absences of Mohorovic and D’Adamo.
    “While I imagine both would have preferred to have had a presence at the parades if they were able, I believe that Nick D’Adamo and Jake Mohorovic remain committed to sharing their many qualifications for, and excitement about, the possibility of serving the 6th District in the House of Delegates,” Olszewski said.