A friend of mine coined the term.  What do you think?  It’s funny how Tom Quirk has toned down his stance on the Promenade.  He even knocked on the door of a friend of mine who had a “Promenot” sign in their front yard and tried to convince them that he too was against the venture.  According to a letter to the editor in the Catonsville Times (8-1-07), Tom said that “Catonsville needs the Promenade.” Granted this was 3 years ago, and a lot can change in that amount of time, but if you follow the money, I’d say that Tom is still pretty pro-promenade.  Here’s my question:  why not just come out and say it?  Why not own up to your beliefs on development instead of complaining that you’re being picked on?  Why not make a case for it instead of telling people what they want to hear to get a vote?  Granted, you might not get elected (which I’m okay with), but at least you are who you are and you don’t have to pretend to be someone else just to get elected.

Selfishly, I’d love to have a Target in Catonsville, but if it means preserving our business districts and not adding to the already congested roads, then I’d rather drive to Ellicott City.  I’d also love to have a decent hotel, but why not build it up on 40 where there are more mattress stores than people?  I’m not saying that I’d anti or pro-promenade, not that it matters because I’m not running, but I’m saying that we have to look at the full spectrum.  There are many things I’d love to see in Catonsville, that I believe would add to the fabric of our community, but if the costs outweigh the benefits, then what’s the point?  I also believe that developers are not evil people, but they do need to work with the people instead of lining the pockets of politicians.  To be honest, they’d probably accomplish more by doing so as well.

Okay, two blogs is enough for one day, especially since I have 10 minutes to pack my son’s lunch and get all three kids in the car.  Sweet.  More on this to come.


And We’re Off

We barely had time to recover from the primary before surrendering to the chaos of the next 5 weeks.   All of the candidates and their teams are currently in sprint to the finish line.  And literally every day is filled with a list of to-dos too long to actually accomplish.  Why am I telling you this?  Because of my guilt over not updating the blog as much as I would like.  In a perfect world, I’d blog several times a day, updating you on all things politics in southwest Baltimore County and beyond.  However, we all know that there is no such thing as perfection, so I’m just going to have to do the best I can.  I did download this “appy” thing to my phone that will allow me to do short blasts and such.

I think another part of me was a bit depressed as well.  Coming here meant that I had to talk about the results of the primary, and that’s just too painful.  If you don’t know by now (and seriously, if you don’t, we need to talk about your sources for news and information), two men that I deeply respect and admire lost their perspective elections.  Dave “Augie” Aughenbaugh should have won for State Delegate.  No, I’m not saying that the election was stolen or what not, he’s just one of those guys who got it.  He understood what it meant to be a public servant, that it’s a duty not a career.  He didn’t unload a lot of BS onto voters.  Instead he was real with them.  He listened, which is hard to come by in politician these days.  In fact, it’s safe to say that Augie never considered himself to be a politician, just a man who saw a need and had the vision to meet it. Congratulations, by the way, to Al Nalley who did take one of the two slots on the ticket.

Another striking blow was the loss of Chris Cavey as the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee Chairman.  I can honestly say that I wouldn’t currently be on the Central Committee (OK, technically I’m not “sworn in” until November 8) if it weren’t for him.  He saw potential in me and encouraged me to widen my spectrum and dive into new things.  Side note:  I’m still trying to get over the shock of seeing my name on a ballot…weird stuff.  Bottom line though, he couldn’t really campaign for himself given his position with the Ehrlich campaign.  The other guy, one, Tony Campbell, did campaign, and now presides over the committee (or will on Nov 8).  Let’s just say that the next four years should be very interesting.

A couple lessons I’ve learned:

1. The people really can be dooped.

2. The wrong guy can win, and does win, mainly because of #1.

3. If I don’t want to walk away equally depressed on November 2, then I have to work even harder to get my candidate, Steve Whisler, elected.

4.  Sometimes it easier to be on the outside, to not be so emotionally involved in the outcome of an election.  But not nearly as satisfying.

So here’s the dilemma.  Obviously, if two men that I respect lost, then two other men won, right?  The question remains: Do we put aside differences for the good of the party?  Or do we stand on our principles?  Is it all about putting an R in office?  Or about putting the right person in office?  And what if neither person on the ballot is in fact the right person?  What then do you do?  Seriously, I’m looking for insights here.  Comment away.

Cavey Endorsements

Most people don’t even know that we have a Republican Central Committee, much less what it does.  I have to say that since the ballots went out a couple weeks ago, my friends are like, “Whoa, that’s actually an elected office?”  “Are you going to be a politician now?”  First of all, let’s dispel that rumor right now.  At this point in my life, I have no desire to run for political office.  Phew, now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to more important matters.

You may have heard that Tony Campbell has received a couple key endorsements from popular Republicans in the county.  Honestly, I have to say that if I lived in those delegate’s districts (which I don’t because remember, there is not a single Republican representing me from the bottom of the food chain to the top…yet) I’d be inclined to stop supporting them.  How can you endorse a man who led your people astray in 2008?  It’s really that simple.  He was the Maryland Chapter Chair for “Republicans for Obama” during the last election.  Shouldn’t that “qualification” alone like disqualify him from even running?

Chris Cavey is a strong leader, a dedicated worker, and a true conservative.  And here’s some more people (who have not lost their minds) who think so.

A Letter From Joan Wood speaking on behalf of the vast majority (save 2) of the current and future Central Committee (probably the most important endorsement of all.  No offense Mr. Governor):

I am most disturbed by the recent endorsement made by Delegates Pat McDonough and Rick Impallaria.

They are asking you to vote for Tony Campbell for Chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee.

I wonder if Mr. McDonough or Mr. Impallaria are aware or care that Mr. Campbell is against the Arizona bill.  I thought they both were strong supporters against illegal immigration.

Tony Campbell to my knowledge has done nothing for the Republican Party in the last two years.

As most of you are aware Woody and I are very active members of the Republican Party.  Woody has been a Central Committee Member for the last eight years and I was appointed just recently.  We both have worked and are now working on many campaigns, have attended many club events, fund raisers etc.

I just recently met Mr. Campbell. Prior to this meeting I had never seen him at any event.  Not a fund raiser, not a club meeting and especially not at a Central Committee meeting for which he now claims to have all these great ideas for “hope and change”.

I would like Mr. McDonough, Mr. Impallaria or Mr. Campbell to tell me exactly what he has done to help our party, and why he is qualified to be chairman of the Central Committee. Why has he not come to the Central Committee meetings and presented his ideas?  Has he recruited candidates to run for office? Has he worked on any recent campaigns? Has he been involved in any clubs? Has he contributed in any way to any campaign, club, or candidate?  What exactly has Mr. Campbell done for the Republican party in the last several years……………oh wait I know……………..he formed the group “Republicans for Obama” how silly of me to forget.

Woody and I, as well as the majority of the Central Committee (except two) give our full endorsement to our current chairman: CHRIS CAVEY.  We ask if you have not already voted in the primary election and you live in Baltimore County please vote for:

CHRIS CAVEY for Chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee.

As for Mr. McDonough and Mr. Impallaria vote your conscience.

By the way how is that “Hope and Change” working for everyone these days?


A Letter From Bob Ehrlich:

Dear Friends,

This election cycle is one of the most important in recent times.  Citizens of Maryland are looking to lower their taxes and to restore sound fiscal government.  Republicans across Maryland are working hard to break through the barrier of single party dominance in Annapolis.

Over the past seven years no one in Baltimore County has worked harder for these goals than your current county Central Committee Chairman, Chris Cavey, a leader I whole-heartedly endorse for re-election.

Under his leadership, the Baltimore County Republican Party has raised money for candidates and voter registration at a greater rate than their Democrat counterparts.  They have won statewide awards such as “County of the Year” and “Greatest percentage of increase of voter registration by a County Organization.”

Chris Cavey has brought national figures, such as John McCain, Ken Melhman and Dana Perino into Baltimore County for fundraising events.  In August 2009 he organized a protest against the expansion of the federal government at Towson University that garnered national press coverage.

His leadership extends to GOP organization on statewide levels as well.  Chris was the Chairman for John McCain in Maryland and First Vice Chair of the Maryland Republican Party.  In December 2009 he wrote MDGOP’s campaign plan for this election year as well as organizing the Maryland GOP Convention this Spring.

The office of County Central Committee Chairman is near the end of your Primary ballot, but it is very important.  I urge you to cast your vote for someone who has dramatically contributed to our party in Baltimore County; someone who also has the vision and experience to continue on that path to victory – Chris Cavey.

Thank you,

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.

A Letter From Andy Harris (Soon to be US Senator):

Dear Friends,

On Primary Election Day there will be many names on your ballot some of which you might not recognize – yet are very important.

Near the end of the ballot we will have the opportunity to vote for party offices – the dedicated folks who are the local arm of the Republican Party. I would ask that you cast your vote for: Chris Cavey as Chairman of the Republican Central Committee.

Chris is a dedicated man who has faithfully served our party for many years. He has organized and fundraised for Republicans at all levels, including being John McCain’s Chairman for Maryland.

He is the current County Chairman, a former State Party Officer and has been a Delegate to the Republican National Convention twice. His leadership on a county level has been exemplary and Baltimore County needs him to continue as our Chairman of the Republican Central Committee.

I wholeheartedly endorse Chris Cavey and I urge you to vote for Chris on Tuesday September 14 – Primary Election Day.

Thank you,
Sen. Andy Harris

No Better Way to Fire Me Up

A big thanks to JD who has been campaigning here for Chris Cavey’s competition, Tony Campbell, for the last couple of week.  He sent me to an article where Tony lays out his qualifications to be Baltimore County Republican Central Committee Chair (Oh and while I’m on this topic, shame on Pat McDonough for endorsing the guy). Qualifications?  All you have to do to be my leader is be more conservative that me (and this is no easy task, peeps).  All you have to do is stand up for conservative values and support Republican candidates, no matter what.  That’s it.  Simple task, right?

Maybe not so much for Tony Campbell.  Let’s start with Obama.  In 2008, Tony Campbell led the Republicans for Obama group, rallying in support of the man who is single-handedly (okay, so he might have some help) destroying the very fabric of our culture and freedoms.  Campbell might have his reasons, but quite honestly, none of them are good enough for me.  If you represent the Republican Party, at any level (this goes for you too Steele), you hold to the party line and you support the party and it’s candidates regardless.  There is not jumping ship, not even for one candidate, and certainly not for Obama.  That alone is enough for me.  Here’s a press release for one of his rally’s back in ’08.  It’s like leading sheep to slaughter.

February 8, 2008

Baltimore, MD – The Republicans for Obama organization announces the first bi-partisan joint campaign event of the 2008 Presidential campaign. The event is hosted by the Students for Obama club of Towson University. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, February 10th at Freedom of Speech circle (adjacent to Hawkins Hall).

Antonio Campbell, one of the national officers of Republicans for Obama and the Maryland State Director, says “Senator Obama has demonstrated a style of leadership that is principled, steady, and is a breath of fresh air in today’s partisan atmosphere. Republicans for Obama believes that once Republicans get a chance to know Obama, the opportunity for an Obama presidency will become a reality.”

Scheduled to speak: The Honorable Elijah Cummings and Towson Students for Obama organizer, John Kyriacou.

Location: Towson University (Hawkins Hall)- 8000 York Road
Date and Time: Sunday, February 10th, 2008 – 1 p.m.

They said they’ve addressed this topic, so now it’s a mute point?  Hello, it’s the only point, peeps.  Who’s to say that a couple years down the road Tony decides that he actually likes the Democrat over the Republican?  What then?  Seriously, my blood is boiling right now.

Okay, let’s switch gears a bit.  One of Campbell’s complaints against Cavey (VOTE FOR HIM) is that no Republicans have won in the last 8 years that he’s been in office.  Seriously?  Tony, you know that we live in Maryland right?  A dark blue state?  And in the last 8 years, up until you helped get Obama into office, even Republicans haven’t been voting for Republicans (case in point).  So combine an a dark blue state with an anti-Republican climate and what do you get?  A deeper shade of blue.  The Republican Party of Baltimore County should get mad props for not losing the precious few seats that is does have. Oh and Tony, if you’re going to point fingers, you should really start pointing them at every single member of the Central Committee.  It’s not like Chris appointed them and he certainly shouldn’t be held responsible for all of their actions (or inactions in some cases). A few of those people were like dead fish until you came around.  Now all of a sudden, they’re on fire?  I guess I should thank you for that.

In a few short weeks, we’re going to gain a few seats in Baltimore County, on the council and in the state house.  And you know who gets the credit for that? Everyone! From Chris to the members of the Central Committee (well, most of them) to the local clubs and chapters to those of us who simply had a fire lit up under our assess.  We all get the credit.  Electing a Republican is Baltimore County is no easy feat, but we’re going to do it.
Here’s my last question of the night.  Why does a candidate for the Republican Central Committee Chair need to host a $50 a plate (actually I think it was reduced to $40) fundraiser?  Just think of what our actual candidates, those that have the opportunity to replace a Dem in Annapolis or Towson, could do with that money?  That’s mailers and yard signs, print ads and bumper stickers.  Some of us are on the front lines, busting our butts to get these men and women elected and your worried about a Chairman position?  Seriously?  I applaud Chris Cavey for staying above the riff raff, for focusing on his job (to get REPUBLICANS elected) and being the leader that he is, one that leads by example.

Early Voting and Other Last Minute Tidbits

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Patapsco Valley Republican Club

The Grassroots Movement of Southwest Baltimore County

Early Voting Has Begun

For the first time in Baltimore County we will have 6 days of early voting before the Primary Election.  As you may know, there are several contested primaries amongst the Republicans on the ticket.  Allow us to pass on our endorsements.

Governor: Bob Ehrlich

State Delegates, District 12A:  Dave “Augie” Aughenbaugh and Albert Nalley

Clerk of the Court: Rich Reinhardt

Republican Central Committee Chair: Chris Cavey

Judges: The Sitting Judges, Nagle, Brobst, Bailey and Alexander.

Please go out and vote early.  Regionally, our polling place is:

Blommsbury Community Center (106 Bloomsbury Ave, Catonsville)

Polls open each day from September 3 – September 9 (excluding Sunday) at 10 am and will close at 8 pm.

The official election day for the Primary will be held on Tuesday, September 14th.  Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm.  If you don’t know where your polling place is, you can find it here.

If you have any questions, would like to help work the polls, or need a ride, please contact Leslie and she’ll take good care of you.

Victory Celebration

Join us after the polls close on September 14th for a Victory Celebration at Loafer’s Lounge on Rte 40 in Catonsville.  There will be free food and drinks as we watch the results come in together.  And believe us, you’re going to need a drink at the end of that day.  For more information, contact Hillary.

Shameless Plug

We still have tickets available for “A Night at the USO,” the third annual Patriot Day Reception coming up on September 11 at 7 pm at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  For more information, check out our Facebook event or find it on the PVRC blog.  Tickets are only $60 or $100 for a couple.  We’ll be featuring the gifts and talents of all of our local candidates as well as a special visit from Mary Kane, our candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Visit Our Website

Be on the lookout for a brand new website…coming soon.

The Final Stretch

The Primary is next Tuesday, just 7 days away.  Please help us get the word out about our candidates.  Forward this email to 10 friends in the district, volunteer to work the polls, and/or attend our Patriot Day Reception; Every little bit helps.

Patuxent Publishing Endorses Augie

Patuxent Publishing (AKA Catonsville Times and Arbutus Times) came out with their endorsements for the upcoming Primary election yesterday.  Our very own, Dave “Augie” Aughenbaugh was among the endorsed.  Congratulations Augie and Good luck.

We, of course, hope that all right-minded Republicans will give their votes to both Augie and Al Nalley, as they are the choice of the Patapsco Valley Republican Club.   And we’d like to invite everyone to join us for a Victory Celebration after the polls close on September 14th.  We’ll be at Loafer’s Lounge on Rte 40 in Catonsville with free apps and drinks.  So come on down and watch the results come in.  Aren’t you guys ready for a victory?  I know I am.

Here’s what the Times had to say about our boy, Augie:

District 12A straddles the border between Howard and Baltimore counties. The four Republican contenders split along geographical lines, with two Lansdowne residents and two Catonsville.

We’re splitting that ticket in endorsing Brian Matulonis, from Lansdowne, and David Aughenbaugh, from Catonsville. Both are newcomers to the political scene.

As fresh faces, they bring a better chance for a Republican victory, as both Albert Nalley and Joe Hooe have been rejected by area voters in past elections.

In addition to offering a broader perspective in terms of geography, this combination would also bring complementary skill sets…

Aughenbaugh has some concrete ideas about managing the state’s finances that would at least provide a jumping-off point for negotiation. As an engineer for Verizon, he certainly has some knowledge that would prove valuable as the legislature delves into telecommunications issues.