Tomorrow night, the state GOP convention convenes in Annapolis. A bunch of so-called "renegade Republicans" are still planning to host their own hospitality suite. The following resolution has been prepared as a possible statement of purpose, as well as a document to be bestowed upon insurgent candidates who defeated incumbents in primaries and then went on to win in November.
A Renegade Revolution Resolution
WHEREAS the Maryland Republican Party at the Federal, State and Local levels has historically held a position in support of incumbent protection; and
WHEREAS both Party activists and candidates who speak the truth regarding flawed campaign strategies and the weakness of long-term ineffective incumbents often face ridicule and scorn by the party establishment; and
WHEREAS the fundamental loyalty of activists who refuse to conform to the demands of the Party establishment, or to repeat sanctioned Party- or candidate-specific messaging one knows to be wrong, is often unfairly questioned; and
WHEREAS challenging flawed, tired, or moribund establishment candidates at the ballot box, regardless of the personal consequences, is considered 'high treason' by some within the establishment; and
WHEREAS being the minority party requires backing the best, most electable candidates for office in order to hold the majority party accountable for its actions; and
WHEREAS the Party protects career politicians from contested primaries solely because of their incumbent status; and
WHEREAS advocating for and celebrating the need to do things differently – especially in the wake of the lopsided electoral defeat experienced by the Party’s gubernatorial nominee - is not a sign of disloyalty, but the necessary first step in restoring the state GOP to electoral viability; and
WHEREAS competitive primaries give voters more choices and generate excitement among the electorate, giving voters more reasons to register as Republicans; and
’s Republican Party has nothing to lose but its permanent minority status; now Maryland
THEREFORE, be it hereby resolved that we, Maryland's renegade Republicans, offer our sincerest appreciation for all candidates who ran for office, and won, in the face of the relentless opposition presented by the Party establishment. We also join with you in encouraging the Party establishment to unshackle from the past and move aggressively in a new direction. We also respectfully suggest to the Party that your efforts be rewarded and regarded as a formula for future electoral success. And, we respectfully remind you that, as new incumbents, we will hold you to the same degree of scrutiny as we did your predecessors.