Chairman’s Message-old

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!

United We Stand

MichaelHiggsI am not going to lie to you. We face some long odds come November. This will be a struggle; this will be a fight. But it is a fight worth fighting. It is a fight we can win. We will not win, however, if we are distracted by internal divisions, by policy or position differences, or other such intraparty squabbles. The time for debating such matters was over the day after the primary, and can resume the day after the election.

We face an entrenched foe. We face a group with greater differences among themselves than I see in our Republican Party, yet they are able to coalesce behind candidates who will continuously move our county, state and country further to the left. We face an ideology that seeks to dominate every aspect of our lives by limiting our freedoms and confiscating our earnings. We must work together if we are to END ONE PARTY RULE!

We can – and will — shock the pundits by winning some elections in November. Momentum is on our side; our candidates are focused; our volunteers are energized. Stay tuned here for more details on how you can help implement our strategy for victory in November.

Busy and Productive Month

MichaelHiggsIt has been a busy and productive month for the Montgomery County Republican Party.  Our Conservative Author Series put on a very well attended event featuring Governor Bob Ehrlich. The Governor was extremely engaging and generous with his time, and we think him for coming to Montgomery County to speak with us. This past week a number of MCGOP-ers made the trek to Turf Valley for the state party’s Red White and Blue Dinner gala. We were fortunate to hear rousing remarks from Congressman Trey Gowdy and Andy Harris, and enjoyed the opportunity to network with fellow Republicans from across the state.

Our District teams have done a tremendous job providing manpower for the early voting sites over the past week-and-a-half.  Even though turnout was remarkably low (about 5% for Dems, 3.5% for GOP), proving yet again what a tremendous waste of resources early voting is, the MCGOP showed a strong presence in letting the voters know they have a choice. I want to extend a special thank you to David Drake and his District 15 team for organizing its Super Saturday event yesterday. In spite of the gloomy weather, the event turned out dozens of Republican volunteers and activists to go door knocking and spread the good word about our candidates. It is this type of hard work and dedication that will deliver victory in November as we seek to END ONE PARTY RULE in Montgomery County.

Speaking of our quest to END ONE PARTY RULE, I would like to call on all of our volunteers and activists to work hard thru Tuesday’s Primary Election to promote the candidate of their choice for Maryland Governor. But come Tuesday night, we must come together. We must respect the primary process and we must unite behind the winner. If you share in our desire to END ONE PARTY RULE, then we must all agree to work together to get Republicans elected at all levels of government. If you find the candidates emerging from the primary process do not support as many of your values and beliefs as you would like, then I suggest you get started identifying and recruiting candidates for the next election now. In the meantime, those Republicans emerging from the Primary on Tuesday deserve our full, unconditional support.

The MCGOP is on a Roll!

MichaelHiggsA hearty thank you to all who attended or supported our annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on May 8.  The event was a rousing success.  The crown was large and enthusiastic, the food was delicious and the company was delightful.  We were able to raise much needed funds and have a great time in the process.  Governor Gilmore delivered an outstanding keynote address, and he could not have been more accommodating to our guests.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a special event.

I encourage all of you to take a look at our calendar of events and get involved.  Every summer presents us with outstanding opportunities to engage with the public at the various fairs, festivals and parades across the county.  Our events team is very organized and will make sure you have everything you need to be an effective ambassador for the Republican Party.  So please find an event near you and come out to spend some time with your fellow party activists while educating the public about why you are a Republican and how our party offers a brighter future for Montgomery County.

Speaking of getting involved, the primaries offer another great opportunity to get in front of the public and show them that the Republican Party is not what they see on MSNBC or CNN, but a vibrant, freedom loving, educated group of compassionate individuals.  We need you help to END ONE PARTY RULE, so we must take advantage of the early voting period.

I urge each one of you to contact your District Chair and ask how you can help with early voting.  Each district is responsible for staffing a table at an early voting site, where we will supply candidate literature and issue handouts.  We should take full advantage of every chance we get to press the flesh with the voting public, so please contact your District Chair and get involved!  We will be posting links to the sign-up pages for the early voting sites on our website as well.

Now get out there and spread the word that the MCGOP is on a roll!