Then to Now, My Downward Spiral into a Political Addiction

I started blogging here last September.  Before that, I was completely naive to local politics, a stay at home mom tired of not being represented by her elected officials.  It was at the PVRC Patriot Day Reception that I threw all caution to the wind and dove in.  It’s been a downward spiral ever since, and I mean that in the best possible use of the term.   At first, this was a place I could simply vent my frustrations, but before I knew it, I was the Communications Director for the Whisler campaign.  I was revamping Happy Hour, attending tea parties, and running for Central Committee.  Now, I’m starting a political consulting business with my good friend, Betsy Merena.

I love politics, and it seems to love me as well.  Betsy and I are young, passionate, and probably a little too idealistic as well, which I’m sure that will wear off in time.  We probably take on too much, but it seems to work for us.  Whether we’re writing, designing, or planning, we love every second of it.  It’s exhilarating and addicting.  So why not make a living at it, right?  We have the experience, both inside and outside of politics.  We absolutely adore the work, and we have the time to invest. It’s an addiction that I’ll gladly continue to feed.

We’ve also taken on our first two clients, the PVRC being one of them.  We’re planning the Patriot Day Reception on September 11.  Isn’t that a little too ironic?  To come full circle, to kick off where it all started for me?  Of course we want you all to be there as well.  The theme is “A Night at the USO.”  Think WWII era, elegant dresses, dapper suits, and lots and lots of dancing.  You’ll be entertained as well as enlisted.  And for $60 a person ($100 for couples) it’s a steal.  I mean, really, where else can you go and taken in a show, h’orderves, and all the beer and wine you can responsibly drink?  Oh and did we mention where we’re having it?  The Rolling Road Golf Club.  Yep, doesn’t that just add to the excitement?  Contact me to today if you’re interested in tickets for you or a friend.  We’re also offering honorariums for people who are serving or have served in our armed forces.  For $10, we’ll highlight your hero for all to see.  Plus, for businesses, we’re offering sponsorships for as little as $75.

Oh and if you’re interested, check out our new business venture, Strategic Victory Consulting and pass on the news to a friend.  Our vision is to empower conservatives to victory, whether a candidate, incumbent, organization, or small business. We can help.  Okay, that’s my shameless plug.


The Official Endorsements



IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             23 JULY 2010


CATONSVILLE, Maryland – The Patapsco Valley Republican Club (PVRC) has announced its endorsements of candidates for the Maryland Republican primary in September.

Candidates that received the club’s support included former Gov. Bob Ehrlich for Governor, Rick Martel for State Senate, Dave “Augie” Aughenbaugh and Albert Nalley for State Delegates in District 12A, Steve Whisler for Baltimore County Council, Ken Holt for Baltimore County Executive, Rich Reinhardt for Baltimore County Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Chris Cavey for Chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee.

“The upcoming primary is a very critical decision point for the future of both Maryland and Baltimore County,” Harry Korrell, president of the PVRC, said. “This state and county has been hit extremely hard for a number of years by out of control spending, increased taxes, governmental growth, and lost jobs,” Korrell added. “We believe that the candidates that we are endorsing for this upcoming primary will give our residents the best possible opportunity to correct these problems and put both the State of Maryland and Baltimore County back on track toward a healthier and more prosperous future.”

The PVRC voted on these endorsements during its recent monthly meeting. This was the first time in its history that the PVRC voted on endorsements for candidates for a primary election.

“Though we have not done this in the past, due to the issues that face both our state and county, we thought it was a necessity for us to go ahead now in endorsing candidates for this upcoming primary ” Korrell stated.

Bryan Sears wrote it up in his Strange Bedfellows blog today as well.

Where’s the line and who’s crossing it?

I’m not one to keep things bottled up inside.  It’s simply not healthy.  When it comes to this particular issue, I have no choice but to bring it to light.  If you drive a car or walk on a street or have eyes to see, it’s hard not to notice the myriad of political signs multiplying by the day.  Most are legal and solicited.  Some are not, but that’s another blog altogether.

In this case, the sign itself is legal and people are certainly giving the candidate permission to put them up.  But do those home owners and businesses know that they are being duped?

As you already know, the PVRC has proudly and officially endorsed Dave Aughenbaugh and Al Nalley for the primary in the Maryland House of Delegates, District 12A, race.   The other contenders, Joe Hooe and Brian Matulonis, have been sending a bit of a false message, whether they come right out and say it or not.  Actually, I’m not sure that I can say much about Brian Matulonis.  He’s pretty much a ghost candidate, and from what I hear, a pretty stand up guy.

Have you seen this sign?

What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you see this sign?  Their all on a ticket together, right?  Not so much.  Neither Ehrlich nor Whisler were asked permission before displaying their names on this sign.  Not only that, but Hooe is approaching yards with Ehrlich and/or Whisler signs in the yard, telling them that he’s on their team, and asking if he can add his sign, which in some cases is replacing the original Ehrlich or Whisler sign.  Nothing ticks me off more than dishonesty and a lack of integrity.  Bottom line: Hooe is in this alone, which is ironically the way he likes it, according to sources who were around the last two times he ran.  He’s certainly not a team player.  Be warned my peeps or a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

More Signs of Good Times

According to a poll that came out late last week, Obama is not doing so hot.  Of course, not even the most liberal of pollsters can bring his approval rating above 50%, but what if he were to go head to head, right now, against top Republicans? Public Policy Polling, a Democrat-affiliated pollster, found that when pitted against Romney, Huckabee, Newt, and Palin, Obama is essentially in a dead heat.

Now this doesn’t say as much about the 2012 election as it does about this November.  2012 is still two years away and we all know that A LOT can happen in 2 years.  However, that being said, we also know what kind of effect an unpopular president can have on a mid-term election.  We, as  conservatives, really have a shot here of taking back some power and giving the Dems a run for their money…even here in Maryland.  Just think, for the first time in 7 years, since I moved to Maryland, we might actually be able to put someone in office that would represent my views and beliefs.  Heck, I’m hoping for a clean sweep.

However, I’m noticing a bit of a lull here in SW Baltimore County.  It’s time to gear it up, peeps.  I know it’s Summer and hot as all get out, but we can’t lose momentum now.  If you can do one thing today to impact this election, do it.  Go out and sign wave for your favorite candidate (or all of them in fact), put up a yard sign or a bumper sticker, invite a friend to Happy Hour this Wednesday night, and for goodness sake, send money.  Conservative candidates can’t win without you.  It’s time to rally the troops.

Speaking of, block out September 11 on your calendar for our annual Patriot Day Reception.  We have something real special in mind.  Details will be revealed this week.  Are you sitting on the edge of your seat yet?

How Well Do You Know Your Constitution?

Elected Officials and Candidates are invited to a non-partisan two-day course on the U.S. Constitution.

The public is also welcome.

What: Discover our founders’ worldview of law and government. Obtain a working knowledge of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights in this enlightening course.
Topics will include:
– the history of the United States leading to the Declaration of Independence.
– the beliefs of our Founding Fathers and their Five-Fold Formula.
– the drafting of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the amendments.
After each topic there will be Q&A.

Who: Instructor: Pastor David Whitney, Senior Instructor for Institute on the Constitution.
Institute on the Constitution is an educational effort through the law office of Peroutka & Peroutka of Pasadena, MD that intends to reconnect Americans to the history of the American Republic and to their heritage of freedom under law.

When: Friday, July 30, 5:00-9:00pm [Doors open at 4:30]
& Saturday, July 31, 9:00am-9:00pm [Includes 1 hr break for dinner]

Where: 12 Carroll Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.
Enter the side door in side parking lot (next to Carroll Street Solar).
Parking also available at Carroll Lutheran Church parking lot.

Why: Elected officials swear to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies – foreign and domestic. To properly uphold and defend the Constitution, we must first thoroughly understand it. Pastor Whitney says: “We can restore our Constitutional Republic only if we have a working knowledge of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights.”

We will be happy to publicize the name of candidates and elected officials who complete this course.

Payment Options: Cost is $35

1. Pay by Credit Card– Select the desired amount of tickets in the “Quantity” field and click “Order Now” above to pay by credit card.
2. Pay by Check– Select the desired amount of tickets in the “Quantity” field and click on “Show other payment options,” then “Pay Offline” and then “Pay by Check.”

Reserve your seat early as we expect a full house. (Registration Below)

Maps, restaurants, and lodging lists are available upon request. Send an email to or for more information.

Organized by Suzanne Hill of Ron Smith Show Fans and Kathy Fuller of Carroll County Republican Women’s Club.

Bring It Down!!!

Unless something changed in the last couple of minutes, I’m pretty sure that it is in fact illegal for a government funded school to endorse a candidate.  Sure, maybe a teacher’s union, but a school?  Of course, one must ask the question, did the school give permission for it to be there, or did the O’Malley camp just think we might be too stupid to figure it out?  Either way, it must come down.  Call Mike Moehler at 410-887-3351 and ask him to send out an inspector to Hillcrest Elementary School on Frederick Rd in Catonsville.  They can’t miss it, just look for the big green sign.

Not that I’m willing to overlook all the other illegal signs here and there through out our district.  However, most of them are small yard signs and the line between county property and private property can sometimes be a bit vague.  But you can’t overlook a 4×8 sign blatantly placed on publicly owned property.

It’s bad enough that this man technically represents me, despite the fact that he could give a crap less about me simply because I’m a registered Republican, but to have to drive by the school my kid will attend in the fall and see that sign is an insult to me and my family.  Take it down, Mr. Moehler, take it down!
Thanks Augie for the picture!  Correction: Thanks Art for supplying Augie who supplied me with the picture.

You’re Missing The Point, Mr. Media

In the last couple of weeks, two polls have come out showing Ehrlich in the lead.  Critics say that they don’t count because the pollsters are “right wing nut jobs” and therefore not credible.  Okay, let’s just say for a minute that Rasmussen was in fact a lachey for the Republican party, you’re still missing the point.

Am I killing you yet with suspense?  Probably not, this is, after all, just an op.ed., right?

The point is that Ehrlich should be no where close to O’Malley.  He’s the challenger, a one-time loser.  O’Malley should be 10-15 points ahead right now, and he’s not.  Even if the Dems came out with their own poll showing O’Malley in the lead, I’d say it would be fairly close to a dead heat.  And even the lib of the libs couldn’t deny the fact that Ehrlich is gaining momentum while O’Malley is fluttering out.

It must be infuriating actually.  Mr. Martin must be freaking out right about now.  What could he possibly have done to deserve such a backlash?  It could have nothing to do with his tax hikes he’s imposed, the deficits he’s created, or the campaign promises he left at the ballot boxes.  Really, he must be scratching his head.