Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Latest on District 3B

As we have been reporting here, here and here, former Republican Delegate Rick Weldon has resigned his position in the House of Delegates. The Frederick and Washington County Republican Central committees will be picking his successor.

As we have said, this decision will be closely watched as the Maryland Republican Party heads into the 2010 election cycle. Will these local party officials select someone who has a solid conservative pedigree or will the decision be dominated by local party politics with the result that a local political insider with no greater ideological loyalty than their own personal ambition will join the Republican caucus in Annapolis? What will this choice tell to activists as they are being asked to support GOP candidates in the coming year? Will this be a local version of the mistakes made by local party officials in NY-23?

We will know soon as the choice is likely to be made on or about January 6, 2010 with any candidates required to submit their application no later than December 29, 2009.

As we predicted, additional potential candidates have come to the fore. One is former Frederick County Commissioner John Lovell. Mr. Lovell told the Frederick News Post that he wanted to be a "placeholder" and will not seek reelection in 2010. Good strategy since his last campaign resulted in him finishing 9th out of ten candidates for the Frederick County Board of Commissioners.

More disturbing about Mr. Lovell, though, is his past support for higher taxes, namely his vote for a hotel tax in Frederick County. This is exactly the mindset we need less of in Annapolis not more. How can the GOP make fiscal conservatism and opposition to the O'Malley tax increases central themes next year when their own local committee members choose tax raisers?

No doubt the fact that this process will play out during the holiday season will keep many from watching this process as closely as they should. That is why it is so critical that Maryland conservatives continue to inform themselves and let the Frederick County Republican Central Committee (http://www.frederickgop.org/ email them at info@frederickgop.org ) and Washington County Republican Central Committee (email their Chairman PaulaLampton@yahoo.com) know we are watching.

Again we invite the candidates for this appointment to address the readers of this blog.

Below is the official notice from the Frederick County Republican Central Committee:


Frederick County Republican Central Committee
FCRCC to Nominate Delegate to Maryland General Assembly
Frederick, MD - December 21, 2009: Delegate Rick Weldon (3B) has resigned from his legislative position in Maryland's House of Delegates effective upon the appointment of a replacement to his seat by the Governor. According to Maryland State's Constitution, the Party of which he was elected will be responsible for nominating a replacement and providing that name to the Governor. Delegate Weldon's term ends at the conclusion of 2010, with a successor to be elected in the 2010 Maryland General Elections next November. Although there are no official timelines for this replacement, the Frederick County Republican Central Committee (FCRCC) and the Washington County Republican Central Committee (WCRCC) have been working together to ensure that a recommendation for replacement is delivered to the Governor expeditiously. Once a name is presented to the Governor, he will have up to15 days to make his official appointment.

The FCRCC has developed a process to ensure that anyone interested in this position will have the opportunity to demonstrate their intent. Any interested party will need to adhere to the guidelines developed by the committee.

The vacancy announcement and application materials for the office of Maryland State Delegate will be posted on the FCRCC website on Monday, December 21, 2009. The website address is http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102900722557&s=6&e=001iER719SqF7HrZFDAJ03zyKs8w3RipowOCKEPE-dsZogHvbovBFSa7WgIdhbQbEVWhIaILTiRjyjtLmrxogt-GnfVWyVYuJAmgKLCJmT-BblaREcXmk_Quw==. Applications and other information can be downloaded in a PDF format from the website or picked up at the office of Dino Flores at 129 West Patrick Street, Suite 5, Frederick, MD, 21701 between the hours of 8 and 5 Monday thru Friday. His office telephone number is 301-682-5060.

Applications and related documentation must be completed and sent via Certified US Mail post marked or hand delivered (between the hours of 8:00AM and 5:00PM) no later than Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Mail or deliver to the attention of: Dick Cheney, 10613 Victorian Avenue, New Market, MD 21774. Any application materials received after this date will be deemed to have not been timely filed. All applicants must also leave a message with all of their contact information on the FCRCC voicemail system at 301.662.0550with notification that their application has been sent or delivered.

Once the Nominating Committee has reviewed and evaluated all applications, they will refer their top three recommendations to the entire FCRCC and WCRCC. Personal interviews and final selectionis scheduled to occur on or about Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Final notification of all meetings will be posted at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102900722557&s=6&e=001iER719SqF7HrZFDAJ03zyKs8w3RipowOCKEPE-dsZogHvbovBFSa7WgIdhbQbEVWhIaILTiRjyjtLmrxogt-GnfVWyVYuJAmgKLCJmT-BblaREcXmk_Quw==, in addition to all applicants receiving personal notification.

For further inquiries, please contact Frederick County Republican Central Committee Chairman Kelly Schulz at 240-285-5540, or kmsremax@aol.com.

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Your Frederick County Republican Central Committee

Dick Cheney - Secretary
Dino Flores
Mike Hough
Katie Nash
Carol Powell
Mary Rolle
Kelly Schulz - Chairman
Billy Shreve - Vice Chairman
Bryan Smith - Treasurer

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Time For Decision

As my colleague Brian Griffiths has reported, Delegate Rick Weldon has announced his resignation from the House of Delegates. While I will leave Delegate Weldon's political post-mortem to others, this action creates the opening I reported about previously.

The decision is now in the hands of the Frederick and Washington County Republican State Central Committees as to who will represent District 3B in the House of Delegates. In talking with committee members, it seems there may be many individuals wishing to be considered. I am also told that the process will be open and transparent. Good news.

In that spirit, I invite all Maryland conservatives to contact the committee members and let them know that we are watching and that we expect their choice will reflect not only the citizens of District 3B but the best values of our party. You can do so via email at info@frederickgop.org and for the chairman of the Washington County Republican Central Committee at PaulaLampton@yahoo.com.

One candidate wasted no time announcing his intent to seek Delegate Weldon's seat, Michael Hough. As I reported earlier, Mr. Hough is already running an active campaign for this seat. Here is what he had to say:

"I have been actively campaigning for this seat for almost two years with the full expectation that I would face the judgment of voters in 2010. My family, friends, and supporters have worked tirelessly during this period and we have achieved a great deal to this point. We have raised approximately $60,000 from almost four hundred individuals, gained support from a number of prominent Republicans including Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, Senator Alex X. Mooney, Delegate Joseph Bartlett, and seven other members of the Maryland General Assembly. In addition we have begun a grassroots effort and knocked on over 1,000 doors this summer in order to introduce myself to voters.

I also believe as a Ronald Reagan Republican, I would best represent the core conservative values of the Republican Party."

In addition to the supporters mentioned in this announcement, Mr. Hough has also received the support of Delegate Nic Kipke (R-31).

As I stated before, I urge all conservatives to be involved and pay attention to this process and invite any other candidates for this position to share with our readers why they should be selected to succeed Delegate. Weldon.