I had no intention of going to last night’s MDGOP Unity Event until the “Princess of My World” card was played on me. Once that beautiful little blonde card was played and I was told she’d be attending, it was only a matter of time before I made the trek to check out and bask in all the unity…
The night was fairly…interesting.
After the long and somewhat – okay, “VERY” contentious primary season – the Unity Event was a good idea, for the most part. It probably came a few days too soon, but it was a good idea nonetheless. I say it likely came a bit too soon because emotions and bruised and battered egos remained raw last night. Such is life in the big city, I guess.
For instance, although I as of yet don’t know exactly what happened or why – at one point Delegate Tony McConkey almost came to physical blows with (I’m told) the husband of Delegate Cathy Vitale. From my vantage point, both Vitale’s husband and McConkey were being pretty much physically restrained from destroying one another. Seriously, can’t we all just get along? Feel the Unity!
On a lighter note, I ran into a bunch of friends I’ve made over the years in MD politics – too many to mention them all here, but I’ll make mention of a few of them, anyway – like John Mautz, who won his primary in the eastern shore district 37B and Mary Beth Carozza who will likewise be carrying on to the General Election in eastern shore district 38C. It had been “forever” since I’d last seen either of these two fine folks, and I wish them the absolute best.
Also, I met the indomitable Don Quinn, who just won a grueling primary race for State Senate in District 30 over Eric Knowles, who graciously conceded defeat yesterday.
And I met a young resident smartass in Jason Boisvert – a die-hard Lollar supporter of impressive wit and smarts.
Finally, I saw the MDGOP National Committeewoman Nicolee Ambrose, State Senator JB Jennings, Heather Olsen, PG County GOP Central Committee Chair and MDGOP Chairwoman, Diana Waterman. And, that was just the absolute tip of the iceberg of friends that were present: The absolute tip.
As if the “Princess of My World” and seeing and meeting some great new folks wasn’t enough for me to have been there, I also had the chance to briefly catch up with my favorite Delegate, the one and only Kelly Schulz, who was just reelected in District 4. That woman is total, absolute class…and the very fact that she allows herself to be seen talking to the likes of me also tells me she is greatly tolerant and has a heart of gold.
And, considering it was an MDGOP Unity Event, there was also the usual gaggle of idiots run amok – like the misogynistic bastard, the alleged Rape Whisperer, who – somehow – managed to defeat AA County Executive Laura Neuman. Additionally, there were banshees and all sorts of nasty things being said by certain dumbass glory-hounds who are continually grandstanding for their next paycheck. It was both disgusting and hilarious.
(Let’s all join hands and sing “Kumbaya!”)
As for the speeches, there really isn’t much to say so I’ll say it here. Larry Hogan was the man of the minute. He got up and introduced the three gents he defeated in his “protected” quest to secure the MDGOP Gubernatorial nomination. It went something like this…
Hogan: Ron George is a great guy! Crowd Response: YAY! Applause…
Hogan: David Craig is a great guy! Crowd Response: YAY! Applause…
Hogan: Charles Lollar is a great guy! Crowd Response: YAY! Applause…
I was so captivated by the moment that I went outside and rolled a cigarette – lit the damned thing up and smoked it right then.
What struck me as most interesting during Hogan’s remarks had nothing to do with what he said, but came during the introductions. While Craig, George and Lollar all had strong applause upon being introduced – Lollar’s was off the charts, loud and raucous.
For a few moments, I was wondering if we were at a Charles Lollar rally instead of a MDGOP Unity Event. I wonder what the victorious Larry Hogan thought/felt when the Lollar-applause was so damned loud – with many folks standing and uproariously shouting while applauding…at an event that was designed to get the MDGOP solidly behind his (Hogan’s) candidacy.
Again, this event, although – as I told the MDGOP Executive Director, Joe Cluster – was a good one, it probably took place a few days too soon.
Damned displays of raw emotionalism!