Although election day is November 3, we Marylanders have been voting for some time. With absentee/mail in ballots and early voting the bulk of the choices will be cast before the first Tuesday in November.
We have real choices for all the contests, and this is a crucial election for us all. Supporters and detractors alike describe Donald Trump as “a bull in a china shop!” He’s led the United States through a turbulent time, forging a strong economy for every sector of society…only to have a pandemic arrive from a distant shore that required an almost total shutdown of the country until we understood what was happening. For America, for a return to prosperity and safety we choose Trump and the Republican Party.
This election has been like few others. After a year of drama and civil unrest we crave normalcy, public safety, and prosperity. Respect and civility are in short supply – the social media is not very sociable right now, and many citizens don’t feel valued by society as equals for their contributions and history. The status quo is not acceptable; indeed, we can always do better, this is America.
So, let’s try. Dignity and respect. Differences sure, but we are so much more alike than we are different. Indeed, Montgomery County is one of the most unique places on the planet, and we should honor each other’s strengths and achievements while we work to make our shared home a model for the rest of the nation.
Thanks for taking our society and our government so seriously. Thanks for voting, for making your voice heard and striving to make Montgomery County, Maryland, and the United States of America a shining place for the rest of the world.
Are you with us? Write to Chairman@MCGOP.com
Neil Parrott Campaigning
Sharon Bauer, president of the Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women, and Eva Gao door knocked for Neil Parrott. Neil is running to unseat David Trone in Congressional District 6.
To volunteer to sign wave, door knock, address envelopes or campaign text Sandy Tuttle at 301-919-7277.
9D Flash Mobs
Folks from the entire community, Republicans, Independents and Democrats are pushing for fair representation in this million-plus county.
With a new twist on an old theme, Nine Districts for MoCo “Flash Mobs” popped up at key intersections throughout the county during September and October to urge citizens to vote for Question D and against Question C. Hundreds of volunteers were buoyed as drivers waved, honked and gave thumbs-up.
Virtual Political Forum, CD 6 & 8 Races
The incumbent House members from Congressional Districts 6 and 8 and their Republican challengers will appear remotely at a virtual Political Forum sponsored by the Men's Club and Sisterhood of B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18.
Here is the schedule:
- 10:30: Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th District)
- 11:00: Aerospace Engineer Gregory Coll, Republican challenger in the 8th District
- 11:30: Del. Neil Parrott, Republican challenger in the 6th District
- 12:00: Rep. David Trone (D-6th District)
Registration is required at: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIud-yrpzksEt2-di- gj5FTeanUHXULsNyf. You then will be sent a Zoom link for the event.
Each candidate will have about 30 minutes to answer questions submitted by the audience. The event is open to members of the congregation and the community.
To volunteer for campaigning, distribute literature at the polls, pick up a sign or make a much welcome donation contact Brad Botwin, our MCGOP Republican Organization Chairman at either 240-447-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask about our humongous TRUMP signs, 4 X 8 feet - so big you need a truck! They're HUGE!
We need Republicans to work the polls distributing literature for early voting and Nov 3. Can you do it? Call and volunteer.
MCGOP, 15833 Crabbs Branch Road, Rockville, MD 20855. (O)301-417-9256 Office Election hours Monday through Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM. Off hours call for an appointment.
Losing your TRUMP signs at night? So are a lot of folks, just take them in and put them out again the next day. (That way your neighbors will have to get their own!)
Electoral College member Ruth Melson honored
Republicans turn out at Walter Reed
WHAT THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT
By Anne Koutsoutis
KNELLING DOWN IS NOT THE WAY TO STAND UP TO RACISM
By Hessie Harris
FAKE HISTORY - WILL IT KILL AMERICA?
By William Richbourg
I don’t remember when political violence was part of the social landscape in America. Ballots not bullets was always the theme for our democracy. A change like that should give us all pause.
When the President gave his speech last month at the White House accepting the nomination of his party for re-election, many local Republicans were invited to attend. Certainly the elected delegates from DC, Prince Georges and Montgomery had a great turnout.
There was some concern during the speech, but as the attendees left they were told there were exits unavailable because of crowds, and to be careful on the streets. As you might have seen on the evening news there was mayhem. Just a few miles from Montgomery County in our Nation’s Capitol people were attacked, threatened and spit on because of their political beliefs. Republicans, and many non-Republican guests were called names, intimidated and shoved. Women called the B-word, threatened with harm and sexual assault, and worse. Senators, Congress members, the handicapped and elderly were all set upon.
Several groups were protected by the few police and security folks available, and the black officers and attendees were specially targeted by this crowd of “peaceful protesters” from BLM and Antifa. Many were called the N-word, punched, objects thrown at them to injure them. The term “you’re a traitor to your race” was used. What irony. On these same streets over 150 years ago that term was yelled at the first Republican President Abraham Lincoln, just yards away by those in the pro-slavery party. Yes, the streets were cobblestone, the Willard Hotel was where it is today – but the mob was on a different side.
We’ve always taken for granted that we’d be able to participate in our political events without fear. When Barack Obama was our President he had many great State Dinners. Imagine if his guests had been assaulted on the streets outside the White House when they left, by people who disagreed with his politics? We certainly would have denounced it—although perhaps here in Montgomery County we’d just tolerate it and call it “Re-imagining peaceful protest”.
Many of our neighbors, Republicans, Independents and Democrats, don’t like the way social discourse is going. I talk to so many new Americans, immigrants who’ve come here for all that America has to offer, and they are aghast. Time after time they tell me “This is what I left. Don’t you know what comes next? I’ve seen it.”
If you don't remember 9-11 I'm sure you studied it. After we were attacked America came together. 3,000 people died, all creeds, sexes and colors. Our first responders, the police and firefighters died too, yet deliberately went into the flames to rescue everyone they could find. In the flames and smoke it was hard to see the sex or race of either the victim or the rescuer, because it did not matter. They all worked together, as Americans do in trying to preserve our precious human lives.
It seems like so long ago. Yet if we did it once we can do it again. Change here comes through democracy. A campaign and then a vote. Let’s not reward hate speech and actions to politically intimidate our neighbors. We’re better than that.
Send me your comments to Chairman@MCGOP.com
Now that the Conventions are over the real campaigning begins. Do you want to volunteer?
- Display yard signs
- Hand out election literature at the polls
- Make phone calls
- Work at Headquarters
- Go door-to-door (canvassing)
- Attend Zoom training classes
- Help on specific Congressional and other campaigns
- Help with social media
Contact Brad Botwin, at 240-447-1884 or email@example.com.
Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign!
Yes, we have them at the office. And getting more every day. Contact Brad Botwin to coordinate a time to pick-up. 240-447-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t be intimidated by your liberal neighbors. Show your support for President Trump, our GOP Congressional candidates, judges and ballot question initiatives. Display a sign proudly in your yard.
Know who you vote for
It's important to know who represents you and who you can vote for. With political gerrymandering the house across the street might have a different Congressman.
Vote YES for Question D
Volunteer for the Parrott Campaign
Sign waving is fun and great for social distancing. Call or text Sandy Tuttle at 301-919-7277 or Shaohanah at 320-321-3458. Help defeat David Trone.
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Katja Bullock, American Patriot
By Deborah Lambert
All in all, life has been good to Katja Bullock, and her lifetime of multiple career achievements is a testament to the unrelenting work ethic of someone who loves what she’s doing.
In 1965, as a 22 year old college graduate with a pharmacy degree and a deep curiosity to find out about America, she immigrated from Germany to the U.S. and planned to stay here for a year to see what the country was like.
However, it didn’t take long for a series of life-altering opportunities and good fortune to make her realize that she might have to change her plans.
While working as a pharmacy assistant in Washington, DC, she met her future husband, Dr. Albert Bullock, whose dental office was in the same building. “After three dates, he asked me to marry him and we got married that year,” she recalls. Since the doctor was also an active member of the American Light Opera Company, the story goes that Katja fell in love with him during an emergency dental procedure when she was soothed by the strains of opera while Al Bullock worked on her teeth.
Earlier this year, Katja retired from more than 40 years of serving as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel during which she not only launched the careers of several generations of Republican job seekers, but also enjoyed the rare opportunity to observe first-hand the personalities and management style of four American presidents.
As far as presidential personnel offices are concerned, she concluded that they have a lot in common with each other. “Massive chaos during the first few months of an administration that eventually settles down into organized daily chaos. However, there was a difference in how each president viewed the personnel office,” as she explained below:
- Ronald Reagan gave us the outline of what he wanted to achieve during the Reagan Revolution, and trusted us to select the right people to make that happen.
- George H. W. Bush was focused on making the government run smoothly and did not want to make any waves – he just wanted the government to run smoothly. It was hard to recruit for that.
- George W. Bush was all hands-on in the personnel business. He knew what every department and agency did. We had to submit the resumés of potential candidates to the President the night before our meetings. He studied them and then he peppered us with questions.
- President Trump was only interested in the financial, economic and international positions.
During a recent Q and A about her career, Katja noted that the ongoing high point of her position was “being able to sit in the Oval Office to present candidates for Senate confirmation to the President and Vice President of the USA. Not bad for an immigrant. . .”
Her most formidable challenge occurred in 2002 when she accepted an assignment in Iraq as the Director of Civilian Personnel. Her efforts there helped establish the Coalition Provisional Authority government, which restarted the government for the Iraqi people.
Katja also worked on the national campaigns for Presidents Reagan in 80 and 84, Bush in 88, 92, 2000 and 2004. While her numerous achievements during her longtime (ongoing) membership on the MOCO Central Committee include running the initial MOCO campaigns for Governor Ehrlich and Governor Hogan, Katja noted that she usually prefers to work behind the scenes and let others be the heroes.
After her retirement from the presidential personnel position earlier this year, Katja mentioned that while she won’t miss getting up at 5:30 am and commuting downtown, she hopes to continue making herself useful for the party.
On occasion, she also recalls a situation more than 30 years ago when her oldest brother, who claimed to be the family boss, came to the U.S. from Germany to visit her after her husband died and also to tell her that her American escapade was over, and she should return to Germany.
Not surprisingly, Katja responded by telling him that “my life is in this country – America has been so good to me – I would never leave.”
Deborah Lambert is a Member of the Republican Central Committee of Montgomery County and Editor of this MCGOP Newsletter.