It’s A Great Time to Be a Republican
By Nick Peang-Meth
This past Friday and Saturday, Republicans from across Montgomery County – and all of Maryland – gathered at the Bethesda Doubletree Hotel for the 2016 MCGOP Spring Convention. Throughout Friday’s pre-convention party and all of Saturday’s activities, one thing was abundantly clear: To quote Maryland GOP Chairwoman Diana Waterman, “It’s a great time to be a Republican.”
Indeed, the 2014 election of Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford plus subsequent municipal election victories all point to a resurgence of the Republican Party in Maryland. And Montgomery County is leading the way.
In just the past year, we have elected Tom Rodriguez to the Kensington Town Council and helped Brigitta Mullican and Henry Marraffa make strong bids for office in the liberal hotbeds of Rockville and Gaithersburg. Meanwhile, the Central Committee has organized great events like the Lincoln and Reagan Day Dinners and completed a fundraising push to pay off the mortgage on the MCGOP Headquarters.
Just over a year ago, we celebrated the inauguration of Gov. Hogan, ending one-party rule in Annapolis for the first time in nearly a decade. Already, it has become clear what a difference it makes to have strong conservative leadership in our state. During the convention’s legislative update, Minority Whip and Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga outlined some of the key victories of the Hogan administration, and some of the key fights that lie ahead. Her report made it clear that as hard as the Democrats in Annapolis may try to obstruct bipartisanship, Gov. Hogan has – and will continue to put the GOP on a path to continued conservative leadership.
All of this activity, of course, is culminating in what promises to be one of the most crucial elections in modern history. Montgomery County Republicans are entering the 2016 election season with the momentum and excitement to build on our gains with victories in the Senate, Congressional and Presidential elections. Nowhere was this clearer than at the convention.
By my count, six great candidates for U.S. Senate attended either the pre-convention party or the subsequent main event. At least as many candidates for Congress in either District 6 or District 8 showed up as well. Plus, the campaigns of Trump, Cruz and Rubio were all well represented by their dedicated volunteers.
All of the campaigns made strong arguments for their viability in a general election, leaving me with no doubt that regardless of the primary result, we will give the Democrats a run for their money in the general election.
Now that the convention is over, the hard work of electing a President, a senator and members of Congress must resume. Fortunately, as our convention demonstrated, Republicans in Montgomery County are enthusiastic and more than up for that challenge.