Posted by: Ann Corcoran | September 8, 2010

Corrupt MD GOP tentacles reach out to corrupt county central commitees

Readers this is a guest column authored by Mary Miltenberger, a candidate for the Republican Central Committee in Allegany County, MD.

As Audrey Scott said recently it is all about Party over Principle

Conservatives vs. Rhinoʼs seems to be the new theme of the next Allegany County Republican Central Committee. The current committee has functioned for four years without finding their by-laws but at their last meeting on 9-7-10 they surfaced. Since none of the members had time to study them they were totally unprepared to debate the Complaint brought by the four new members who will be seated this fall at a date yet to be determined (depending on whose by-laws you use). 

The Chairman, Beth Thomas gets all her direction from Audrey (Party before Principles) Scott who advises her to follow the State by-laws which are very poorly framed and ignore the local mandates. It just so happens that 3 of the 4 new conservative members have served on the committee in prior terms and know how the party is supposed to be run. Beth Thomas, Jason Buckel and Jeff Bailey were charged with breaking the bylaws of the committee a month ago and at the 9-7-10 meeting no action was taken. No action is planned by this committee and of course how could you expect the State to take action with Audrey(Party before Principles) Scott advising them. 

The current committee has repeatedly done things that have raised the eyebrows of the established Republicans in the county. Example: supporting one republican over another in the primary. Deciding to fund certain Republican candidates after the primary but not all republican candidates. At least 12 years ago the practice of funding candidates was eliminated by the prior committees because it caused too much conflict in the party locally, instead the party would run ads supporting all republican candidates. 

When the MD GOP decided to support Ehrlich and ignore the already filed republican Brian Murphy for Governor, it started a backlash among republicans that has divided the party in a way that is not going to go away in a hurry. The Tea Partyʼs reminded the republicans that principle matters. If republicans canʼt return to principle then the people of principle may look elsewhere for a new party.

Mary C. Miltenberger is President of the Allegany County Conservative Caucus (not a political party)  http://www.alleganycountyconservativecaucus.com/page/

Note to readers:  Everyone should get a copy of their county Republican Central Committee by-laws.

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Responses

  1. Brilliant, the truth is so appropriate here that it amazes me how he had been overlooked.

  2. Check out Brian Murphy’s take on this whole affair. Candidate Murphy Calls GOP Leader’s Lack of Principle “Disgusting”;
    Concludes Lack of Principle is the Disease which has kept Maryland GOP Irrelevant for 100 Years

    Crofton, MD – Brian Murphy, Republican candidate for Governor of Maryland, while a guest on Talk Radio’s Sean and Frank Show (link) commented on a recently released YouTube video featuring Maryland GOP Chairman, Audrey Scott. In the video, Scott was asked, “Principle over Party, or Party over Principle?” In response, Scott adamantly stated she puts ‘Party before everything.’ (link)

    “In my opinion, [in] my job, I’m Party over everything! I am the Chairman of the Republican Party,” said Scott.

    In response, Murphy said:

    “For the last 100 years, the Maryland Republican Party has been irrelevant, and so they’ve just said, ‘Well, the only way to win is to look like Democrats.’ No, the way to win is what Ronald Reagan did: to stand on principle,” said Murphy.

    “[The GOP] is really having an identity crisis. Over the weekend, there was a telling video, and it was really pretty disgusting, quite frankly. The reason I’m running is because we’ve lost sight of our principles in our party. If the Republican Party is one thing, it is a party of principles. It is a party of conviction and passion. Our Founders were all men and women of principle and passion,” said Murphy.

    “There was this Rule 11 thing, where the Republican Party, most folks don’t know about it, they don’t really care. It’s this little group that decided to endorse Ehrlich, even before he filed. It was basically a vote against me. But that was a symptom. And this video, this weekend, was the real disease. It was the Chairman of the [Maryland] Republican Party… she said, ‘Party first. Party over principle.’ Which shows she doesn’t understand the Republican Party is the party of principle. That’s why we’re losers in Maryland,” said Murphy.

    After Brian Murphy filed for candidacy, and before Robert Ehrlich had filed to enter the Gubernatorial race, MD GOP Chairwoman Audrey Scott collaborated with the RNC to pass “Rule 11”, which provided financial assistance and public support to potential candidate, Bob Ehrlich. This unprecedented maneuver was a deliberate attempt to destroy Murphy’s campaign. However, in spite of the MD GOP and RNC’s efforts, Murphy’s campaign continues to gain support and momentum, and has gained national media attention with the endorsement of former Vice Presidential candidate, Governor Sarah Palin. Murphy has also received the endorsements of Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families PAC, Family Research Council Action PAC, President Frank MacKay of Independence Party of America, Maryland law enforcement stalwart Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, the current and past presidents of Maryland Shall Issue, Howard Rifle and Pistol Club, Maryland Right to Life, and Maryland Republican Assembly. Responsible tax policy leader and Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist, spoke on Murphy’s behalf at a Murphy fundraiser held at the home of former MDGOP Chairman, Dr. Jim Pelura.
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    Brian Murphy and Robert Ehrlich are running in the Republican Primary on September 14. Governor Martin O’Malley is running in the Democratic Party Primary on September 14. The winners of the respective parties’ elections will square off against each other in the November 2 General Election.

    Brian Murphy is a successful Maryland businessman with a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is founder of the Plimhimmon Group, whose first investment, the Smith Island Baking Company, has been featured in The Washington Post, the Wharton Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, BusinessWeek and other publications for its principled approach to job creation in Maryland.

    Brian Murphy has the endorsement of national Republican and conservative icon Governor Sarah Palin, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families PAC, Family Research Council Action PAC, President Frank MacKay of Independence Party of America, Maryland law enforcement stalwart Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, the current and past presidents of Maryland Shall Issue, Howard Rifle and Pistol Club, Maryland Right to Life, and Maryland Republican Assembly. Responsible tax policy leader and Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist, spoke on Murphy’s behalf at a Murphy fundraiser held at the home of former MDGOP Chairman, Dr. Jim Pelura.
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    For more information on the Brian Murphy for Governor campaign, see http://www.BrianMurphy2010.com.

  3. […] and extracted the short exchange.  The YouTube video quickly went viral, getting mentions in Allegany, Carroll and Wicomico.  It generated some dialogue on Red Maryland.  Brian Murphy picked up on […]

  4. […] “civil war”—what can we expect tomorrow? Last week we published a guest column from Mary Miltenberger a conservative activist in Allegany County in which she reported how the […]


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