Two faces of the Maryland Republican Party appeared just a few miles and a few hours apart in Ellicott City last week. On Wednesday afternoon, Charles Lollar was dishing out his energetic, nonpartisan outreach to several dozen enthusiastic supporters. Three hours later, a group of mostly older establishment Republicans gathered to hear Bob Flanagan announce a run for delegate. Barely noticed in the small crowd was Harford County Executive David Craig, the GOP candidate for candidate for governor with the most solid experience and the least pizzazz.
Todd Eberly describes what he thinks the Maryland Republican Party needs to establish as a “strong bench” of potential statewide candidates for offices like attorney general in order to break the state’s one-party monopoly.
Former House of Delegates Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell responds to Barry Rascovar’s column on the demise of the MdGOP. Despite recent embarrassing events, Rascovar got it wrong, O’Donnell insists, citing the increasing election of Republicans throughout Maryland.
The juicy red meat of the steaks on the dinner plates was matched by the red meat politics Rep. Paul Ryan dished out to 400 Republican Party faithful at the Maryland GOP’s annual Red, White & Blue dinner Thursday night at Baltimore’s Renaissance Hotel. Ryan, last year’s Republican nominee for vice president, urged the GOP in Maryland to follow Wisconsin’s example, and overthrow Democratic dominance of state government as his home state did when it elected Scott Walker governor in 2010.
Twenty-thousand deceased Marylanders remain on voter registration rolls, 268,000 voters are registered at addresses where they don’t live, and 48 are listed with record ages higher than 114 years old, according to an analysis by the Maryland Republican Party.
The beleaguered Maryland Republican Party, which has won only one statewide election in decades, is having yet another bitter internal contest over who will chair the state central committee. Three candidates representing various factions in the party are running: interim chairman Diana Waterman, attorney Greg Kline, and businessman Collins Bailey.
The preparations for this weekend’s Maryland Republican Convention are in place. The firing squad for the party leaders has been forming its circle, armed with hot-air popguns. The lynch mob for party chairman Alex Mooney has bought a bungee cord.
All is normal for a party that has control of local government in half of Maryland’s counties, but gets routinely clobbered at the statewide level. The snarky sniping and angry grumbling are fairly routine. Senate nominee Dan Bongino has some ideas for fixing the party.
The Maryland Democratic Party and some of its top elected officials are complaining that a Maryland voter watchdog group is training people in voter suppression.
Election Integrity Maryland, an offshoot of the Texas-based TRUEtheVOTE, has trained up to 200 poll watchers across the state this year to monitor what should be one of Maryland’s most contentious elections in memory.