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Carrying our Momentum Forward

Posted: February 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

michaelhiggsOn the heels of a fantastic end to 2014 that saw the election of Governor Hogan, the Montgomery County Republican Party is carrying that momentum forward into 2015. Our Central Committee members, grassroots activists and loyal volunteers are more energized than ever. For evidence of this,
you need look no further than this past weekend’s annual Montgomery County Republican Party Convention held at the Bethesda Doubletree Hotel. This long running tradition has been getting better year after year, and last Saturday’s event clearly continued that trend. Our biggest crowd yet was was energized, enthusiastic, and clearly excited to keep working hard to see Republicans elected at the county, state and national levels.

Our guest speakers drew rave reviews from virtually all in attendance. State Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman spoke about her plans to capitalize on Governor Hogan’s November victory, and get better organized all across the state. She also told us about her plans to ask the other county party organizations to follow Montgomery County’s lead and begin to host their own county party conventions. Former Delegate (and former gubernatorial candidate) Ron George provided a legislative update, bringing us the most up-to-date news from the front lines in Annapolis.

Newly elected Senator Steve Waugh inspired the crowd with his story of triumph over long odds, and showed how we can repeat his performance right here in Montgomery County. Republican National Committeewoman Nicolee Ambrose followed Senator Waugh’s call-to-arms with details of her grassroots organizational efforts to win seats in this year’s municipal elections.

And our keynote speaker, Secretary-designate of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Kelly Schultz electrified the crowd with the triumphant story of her rise from obscurity to one of the most important posts in the Hogan Administration. We are all excited to see the fruits of Secretary Schultz’s strong leadership and customer-focused initiatives at the DLLR.

In addition to the wonderful free convention, we hosted spectacular paid breakfast and lunch events that allowed us to hold our event at a first-class venue. Governor Jim Gilmore (VA) brought the audience
to its feet with a powerful speech about the problems America faces today, and his plans to fix them.

When I tell you the speech was downright “presidential,” you will understand why Governor Gilmore won our MCGOP straw poll by three votes over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

And our lunch speaker, Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, spoke eloquently about the many problems we face in the Middle East, and how the Obama administration’s all-too-cozy relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood has caused or exacerbated all of them, from Egypt to Libya to Syria and beyond. Her intimate knowledge of the troubling situation was truly eye-opening.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the weekend’s events and festivities, and cheers to a great year ahead!