OMG That Was Awesome!
January 14, 2010 5 Comments
Forty plus people literally filled the dingy, dungeon classroom of the Bloomsbury Community Center. Can you tell I’m in favor of a venue change? But that’s not the point. FORTY PEOPLE! That might not sound like a large number compared to the thousands that filled Lawyer’s Square last night, but for a local Republican club meeting, that’s HUGE. And it wasn’t just PVRC members. There were a lot of new peeps in attendance, several recovering Democrats…one who filled out the paperwork to change her party right then and there.
A quote from the Baltimore Sun’s coverage of last night’s momentous event, referring to Senate President, Mike Miller: “But he doesn’t believe the Tea Party movement has a strong base in the state. “It is strong in the sage brush West,” he said. “It reflects anger at government.”‘
I got news for you Mr. Miller, be afraid, be very afraid. People are pissed and not sitting on tushes any longer.
One of our speakers, Mr. McAndrew, wasn’t able to make it, and Delegate McDonough was running late. With so many new faces in the room, we’d be dumb not to use our time wisely. Thankfully, Augie was in the room, so we opened the floor to him. He shared from his heart about why he decided it was time to throw his hat into the ring and run for Delegate. By the time he finished, Steve Whisler was in the house. He spoke for several minutes on the key areas of his campaign, including the county budget deficit (which apparently appeared out of no where) and illegal immigration. Just as luck would have it, about the time he finished, Al Nalley was ready to take the floor. I have to stop for a moment and give special kudos to my man, Al. He was eloquent, sharp, and well versed. Way to go Al!
After our three local candidates spoke, the floor was opened to Berchie Manley who graciously reminded us to check out property assessments and make sure to apply for the Homestead Act. You can even do it online. From that point, we turned towards pension reform, a hot topic in Baltimore County. It was awesome to see a conversation between attendees and candidates.
Of course I had to get my moment in the spotlight. Speaking of, did you see Betsy and me on the news? I put in my plug for the blog (and blogs in general for that matter), and Pat McDonough walked in.
Now, I’ve never had the privilege of hearing him speak, and I’m now kicking myself for not having a video camera. He’s a hoot, not a politically correct word in his vocabulary. I love it. I was writing notes on the back of coupons. Seriously, I was. Here are a few of things he said:
“We can’t give them (liberals) brain transplants. They are who they are.”
“We are now in Wacko-ville”
“America is at a cross-roads, Maryland is at the end of the road.”
We need people who are “politically courageous, not politically correct”
We have to defeat the “Axis of Evil (PG county, Montgomery County & Baltimore City) and the Axis of Weasels (Miller, Bush, and O’Malley)”
“Be a SUPER CITIZEN. A citizen votes. A super citizen activates.”
The Democrats are “lost in the wilderness.”
True, true, Mr. McDonough, I concur. I’d like to add that they’re off their rockers as well.
Pat was looking to run for Governor, however, it’s his opinion (and mine) that Ehrlich will run. Tonight he said that he’s left with two options, either run for his current seat or run for Baltimore County Executive. Of course, I lean towards Exec because that actually affects me and someone needs to help us take down this machine. I’m sure we’ll know either way very soon, but I just thought I should let you know that I liked the guy.
What a great week for momentum. First the Tea Party, my first ever political event (did I mention I made the news?) and now a very successful PVRC meeting. Let’s keep it up peeps. There’s a long road before us, and it doesn’t stop in November. If we really want to see a more PURPLE Maryland, it’s going to take time. We have to be in for the long haul. Now, who’s with me? Man against the Machine!
Here’s a video (a rather shaky one at that) of Pat speaking against speed cameras. Too bad we lost that one. See why we need balance?