Montgomery County GOP Building Momentum
By Deborah Lambert
At this year’s MCGOP Lincoln Day Dinner on May 23, chairman Dick Jurgena called audience attention to the new wave of excitement among Montgomery County Republicans, which began in 2014 with the
- Election of Larry Hogan, a businessman, as governor of Maryland, and continued to build in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump, another businessman, as president of the United States. More important to us in Montgomery County was the passage of term limits for county council, against overwhelming odds, by more than two-thirds of votes cast.
- Withdrawal of Sanctuary State Bills A few months ago, our State Assembly was set to pass laws declaring Maryland a sanctuary state. Your Central Committee said “no,” organized rallies and demonstrations, and with our Asian American colleagues – many immigrants themselves – visited legislators and testified in opposition. The bills, initially thought to be a shoo-in and veto proof, lost support and were withdrawn.
- The Passage of Term Limits demonstrated that the vast majority of voters realize that the quality of life in our county is in decline because of bad decisions and mismanagement by county officials. We need a county government that listens, that is business friendly, that will improve our roads and our schools, and stop trying to solve all problems by raising taxes.
This impressive reservoir of accomplishments is just the beginning. It serves as the foundation for the challenging work that must be done in order to realize dramatic changes in our county government and ensure the re-election of Governor Hogan in 2018. We can elect Republicans next year if we seize the opportunity and build our grassroots organizations now.
So what are we going to do? Our Republican central committee is comprised of 48 elected members, representing eight legislative districts and 255 precincts. We have no paid staff. There are no Republican officials in the county to stop the Democrat machine that has controlled our government for so long. But the MCGOP realizes that the most effective way to fight the opposition is to BE THE OPPOSITION.
With that in mind, our newsletter is launching a series of reports on what each of our MCGOP districts is doing to raise public awareness about what the Republican Party stands for and how we can mobilize public pressure to stand up for freedom of speech and the values
enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
Recalling the time tested wisdom that says “All politics is local,” we invite you to begin your discovery of how people power is building a valuable talent pool in LD 15 in order
to track issues before the County Council, the Board of Education (with a $2.5 billion budget), and the Maryland Assembly.
You will find that the formula for creating a strong and resilient grassroots organization begins with the first step, the first decision to lend a hand to help elect Republicans to the County Council, a Republican County Executive, State Republican Senators and Delegates, and Republicans to the three U.S. Congressional seats that represent parts of our county, and re-elect Governor Hogan to do away with our gerrymandered districts.
Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their country.