Chairman’s Message-old

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much

michaelhiggsWhen Ronald Reagan said, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much,” he could have been referring to Maryland. Especially today, when the other party has raised gas taxes over 80 percent, and their spending addiction to special interests returns a meager 18 cents out of every dollar to Montgomery County. Keeping those spendaholics accountable has turned into a pipe dream.

That’s why it’s so inspiring to see our wonderful candidates and enthusiastic volunteers campaigning for a more business-friendly, free market environment, and an end to one-party rule in Maryland. During this
campaign season, the door is opening to political alternatives as never before, so it’s important to keep
fighting the good fight!

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Red, White & You Grassroots Dinner on Wednesday night in Gaithersburg. It was an exciting evening with keynote speaker Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and emcee Larry O’Connor to keep everyone engaged and entertained.

My thanks also goes to State Senate Candidate Frank Howard for addressing the group and making Senator Johnson’s visit possible.

In addition to inspiring speeches, good food and great company, awards were given to several deserving recipients. Congratulations to the following winners who work tirelessly to promote the party and it’s principles:

  • Matthew Foldi – Youth of the Year
  • David Drake – Republican Man of the Year
  • Tonie Lanier – Republican Woman of the Year
  • Nahid and Issa Khozeimeh  – Forbes Blair Award

Libby Wright was also the lucky winner of a $150 Clyde’s gift certificate during our raffle. (See what you miss when you don’t attend)?

Finally, please remember to check our calendar regularly between now and election day. We have many events and District meetings scheduled to help us reach as many voters as possible and ensure a strong turnout.  It will take determined persistence for the next few weeks but I am confident that our candidates, with your help and support, can win and help us End One Party Rule.

We Love Our Volunteers!


We owe a great debt to our hearty volunteers for a wonderfully successful showing at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Each time I stopped by I was impressed with the positive energy and enthusiasm at our tent, which stood in stark contrast to the dour lot staffing the other party’s tent!

Our candidates were out in force, led by Jim Schalleck’s brave forays into the crowded midway. We handed
out reams of candidate literature and signed up dozens of potential new volunteers. A very special thanks goes out to Martha Schaerr for all of her hard work in organizing the nine-day event.

In the last issue I told you how important Montgomery County is to the Hogan for Governor campaign, and now they have put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. The Montgomery County Hogan Victory Center on Rockville Pike is now open and ready for business, and they have added two full-time coordinators. Never has it been easier for Montgomery County Republicans to volunteer their time and talents. Stop by for some impromptu phone banking; pick up a walk list and literature for door knocking; gather a bundle of yard signs and hunt down prime placement spots. Please take advantage of this amazing opportunity to help END ONE PARTY RULE by getting involved now. Every vote we can secure for Larry is a likely vote for Jim, Dan, Dave, Frank, Robin, Rose and the rest of our fabulous candidates.

Our Red, White & YOU Grassroots dinner is shaping up to be the highlight of the campaign season. Since I will unfortunately be out of town on business, I wanted to make sure you have a great host for the evening. I am thrilled to announce that the incomparable Larry O’Connor from WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall show will be our guest emcee. So get your tickets now to this “can’t miss” event featuring Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and a cast of Maryland GOP all-stars! Then tell me all about the fun I missed out on while I was toiling away in Las Vegas. ;)

Montgomery is Pivotal to Victory

MichaelHiggsOver the past two weeks I have attended meetings with several representatives of the Hogan for Governor campaign. Often repeated at these meetings was how important Montgomery County is to the Hogan team’s strategy for victory in November. Underscoring the campaign’s commitment to our county, there will be a Hogan Victory Center opening in Rockville in the next week.

Speaking with Larry last night at the annual Cavey Pig Roast in Hampstead, I heard first hand from the Man himself that we will be seeing a lot of him over the next three months. Internal polling data shows that our governor’s race will be one of the tightest in the country, and it will likely be won or lost in Montgomery County. We are ground zero for this pivotal election, and if we are to END ONE PARTY RULE then we must hold the line.

Keep an eye out in future issues of the MCGOP newsletter for more details about how you can get involved. We will be organizing sign wavings, door knocking, phone banking, literature drops, and more. We will soon be announcing fundraisers dedicated to filling the coffers of the Hogan for Victory in Montgomery account. This money will be dedicated to getting out the vote right here in Montgomery County, something that will be a tremendous advantage to our fantastic candidates down ticket.

Please come out and join us at the Ag Fair this next week. This event presents us with a wonderful opportunity to share with our fellow MoCo residents the virtues of the Republican Party and the benefits to be had if we END ONE PARTY RULE. Come out and stand with our candidates, and do your part. It’s about time we sent some Montgomery County Republicans back to Annapolis; Larry’s going to need their help!

The MCGOP Needs Your Help!

MichaelHiggsI hope that all of you are enjoying your summer. While so many are enjoying their picnics, vacations and family outings, the Montgomery County Republican Party is busy gearing up for the election in November. Our candidates are going all out for victory, and I could not be more proud.

Among the events I attended over the past two weeks, I was thrilled by the reception our District 14 candidates received in the Damascus Parade. Frank Howard’s team in particular is extremely well organized and dedicated to victory. In District 16 I attended a fundraiser for Rose Li, and the enthusiasm her campaign is generating is downright infectious. Rose is connecting with our Chinese ex-pat community in ways that will benefit Montgomery County candidates for years to come. I was also honored to join County Executive candidate Jim Shalleck, to throw out the first pitch at a Bethesda Big Train baseball game. Aside from my perfect strike (*smile*), I was most pleased that the crowd was so receptive to our message of ending one party rule in Maryland. A big thank you goes out to our newly resurgent Young Republicans for organizing the baseball event … keep up the great work!

Now we need YOU to get involved:

  • Please attend a fundraiser for one of our excellent candidates; we have two great events detailed in this newsletter: one for Sharon Begosh and another for Jim Shalleck. Other fundraising events throughout the fall will be listed on the calendar on our website.
  • We are going to need lots of enthusiastic volunteers to help us staff our tent at the upcoming MoCo Agricultural Fair as we meet with voters to introduce our wonderful candidates and spread our message of ending one party rule. See the link below to sign up for this event.
  • Your Central Committee is spearheading the effort to create and distribute sample ballots for the election. Everywhere we go, we run into people who are fed up with the actions of our leftist lawmakers, but they are too busy with their jobs, families and activities to find out about the various options available at the polls.
  • We need to raise money for sample ballots that will

(1) capture the attention of low information voters

(2) explain the difference between the entrenched tax-and-spend partisans and our   candidates who will cut taxes and spending  to benefit families and businesses

(3) inspire them to make informed decisions at the polls in November

  • Please support this important voter education effort by making a donation today.
  • Thank you so much for your time and attention, and I hope you all enjoy the remainder of this issue of our newsletter. See you out on the campaign trails!