Good news for Maryland! This decision should really boost AFP’s image in the state.
ANNAPOLIS- Grassroots free-market group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is pleased to welcome aboard Charles Lollar, Newburg resident, and Marine Corp Officer, as the new Maryland state director.
“Charles has stood alongside Americans fighting for free market ideas right here in the Maryland Free State, and he’s stood alongside American soldiers overseas serving in the US Marine Corp,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity. “We’re proud to welcome him as the leader of AFP’s Maryland state chapter.”
I’ve been critical of AFP especially during the primary campaign for governor when I saw AFP appear to be a front for the Bob Ehrlich team (and we know how well that worked out!). I’ve been especially critical of moneyed establishment groups getting out in front of the Tea Party tide.
Here is what I said back on October 4th:
If you are a firm believer in the Republican insider notion that Republicans should only focus on fiscal matters and not sully themselves with immigration, national security (particularly Islamic extremism) or social issues, then AFP is for you. I think the majority of Tea Party activists in the US and Maryland do not want to be kept within that AFP fiscal-issues-only corral.
With Lollar in the leadership spot, I’m optimistic that we won’t see AFP tied to the fiscal-issues-only platform because I have heard Mr. Lollar tell an audience that one of the three most important issues to black voters in Maryland is illegal immigration—as it is to most tea party advocates.
Good luck Charles!