Guest commentary: Race, not Peroutka, is MDGOP problem

Guest commentary: Race, not Peroutka, is MDGOP problem

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By Tony Campbell

Chairman, Black Republican Council, MDGOP

Tony Campbell

Tony Campbell

Barry Rascovar’s latest opinion piece published on Maryland Reporter, “GOP has a Peroutka problem” is about as accurate as anything else he writes on the Republican Party in Maryland — it’s in the ball park but takes a bad hack at a pitch across the middle of the plate.

For years, both parties in Maryland have seen their share of less than savory candidates and elected officials. Maryland Democrats have seen their share of embarrassing candidates from the downright silly to the indicted and eventually incarcerated office holders in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County. Mr. Peroutka is the flavor of the month because Democrats like Rascovar will try to cast the narrative that the entirety of the Republican Party, including its gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan, as turn back the clock racists.

Rascovar misses the mark by highlighting one candidate as being the race issue of the 2014 cycle in Maryland. The problem is more nuanced than one candidate; with the Peroutka candidacy and the events in Missouri, the Republican Party should finally have the guts to have a real conversation on race and the difference between the two visions for American citizens of all races and ethnicities.

The Republican Party has for the past 20 plus years hid its proverbial head in the sand as far as racial issues are concerned. Instead of denying there is a problem, the Republican Party should be leading the way to offer a vision of liberty, self-determination and individual responsibility. Liberals have had the floor all to themselves promoting a system whose outcome has been to keep the status quo in power by limiting people to an existence of subsistence and surviving, not striving and succeeding.

As chairman of the Black Republican Council, I have had the honor of helping over a dozen candidates file for a variety of offices from local county government to state legislative offices across Maryland. These incredibly talented candidates and their supporters prove that Mr. Peroutka’s beliefs are not the view of the rank and file of the Maryland Republican Party.

Peroutka is not the problem of the GOP. Fear IS. I believe we have an opportunity to discuss important issues facing the people of Maryland. Let’s see if the media and the political gurus of both sides will have the guts to have the dialogue.

Tony Campbell ran for Baltimore County executive this year, losing the race by just 20 votes out of 23,000 votes cast.



About The Author

Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.


  1. InGodWeTrust

    Have I been asleep for a couple weeks while Maryland’s horrendous economic and other problems have been resolved? Really? Is there nothing else in Maryland needing attention, other than an innocuous county council race? Come ON folks.
    Maryland is DYING by the minute. Do you really want to stomp on people who are simply trying to keep Maryland from going under? Get a LIFE people! The Peroutka-punching has become nothing more than a perverted obsession. Do us all a favor. Check yourselves in somewhere, so you don’t keep getting in the way of people who CARE about the future of Maryland.

  2. Dale McNamee

    I’m supporting,and wioll vote for,Tony Campbell for Baltimore County Executive !

    Will you do an interview with him ?

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