Well, it looks like there was a bit of drama at the Maryland GOP convention in
Traditionally the convention’s opening night features partisans schmoozing and touring the hospitality suite circuit. But last night’s normally sociable affair was witness to some decidedly anti-social behavior.
And, no, I’m not talking about more bizarre antics on the part of Carmen Amedori.
According to a presser put out by the Bongino for U. S. Senate campaign, two campaign workers filed a report with the
police after their tires were slashed. The release states that the tires had to be replaced, “costing the campaign seven hundred dollars.” Anne Arundel County
Now, I always hate to hear stories of strife within
’s always-beleaguered state GOP. This fall, a corn roast fundraiser in Maryland turned into a tug-of-war affair between the county’s GOP central committee and remnants of the Ehrlich organization. The latter refused to surrender control of the event, causing the members of the former to boycott en masse. Baltimore County
But intramural strife is one thing. Destruction of private property is a different animal entirely.
What’s more, if early polling data and fundraising numbers are any indication, Senator Ben Cardin begins his reelection campaign in a pretty strong position. So, the notion of people engaging in destructive behavior over a prize – the 2012 GOP nomination for Senate – that ultimately won’t mean very much just seems silly.
There is a long history of luminaries from the D. C. political world who happen to live in Maryland deciding to jump into the state’s Senate races. Typically they possess few ties to state politics. Typically, they get slaughtered come Election Day.
Linda Chavez, Alan Keyes, and former Tennessee Senator, RNC Chairman, and Reagan Administration Labor Secretary Bill Brock all took their chances, and promptly vanished from the state’s political landscape when they failed.
Of the current crop of senatorial aspirants, former Secret Service agent and businessman Daniel Bongino seems to be the candidate who has created the early buzz.
’s GOP-unfriendly climate notwithstanding, he seems like a great candidate. If he wins the nomination yet is not successful in defeating Cardin, I hope he will choose to remain on the landscape and leverage his newfound name recognition to run for something else. Maryland
Of course, there is one potential candidate people are still waiting to hear from: Delegate Pat McDonough, who has been very coy about his plans.
McDonough first ran against the man he once dubbed “Tax and Spend Ben” in 1996. Cardin was an incumbent member of Congress, and McDonough had not yet been elected to the legislature. Cardin beat him by a 2-1 margin, so I’m not sure if McDonough’s prior experience running against Cardin is a strategic selling point which will resonate with primary voters.
Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if McDonough, with the support of his wife, gambles on a rematch.
But even if McDonough does run and fails to beat Cardin, another opportunity awaits him.
Since the passing of Montgomery County GOP activist Daniel Vovak in May,
Maryland politics has been without its “ ” This is a title which McDonough is exceptionally qualified to hold. Wig Man.