This past Tuesday night, I attended a fundraiser for Doctor Tim Robinson, who’s running for MD State Senate in District 42, a seat currently held by Democrat Jim Brochin. The fundraiser was held at the grand home of MDGOP National Committeewoman, Nicolee Ambrose. And, Damn, was I ever impressed at some of the folks who ventured out for this little shindig. But, first, a word about Senator Jim Brochin…
I like Jim Brochin. He’s one hell of a nice guy – very earnest and very smart. He also (used to be or maybe he still is) a semi-regular on the C4 Show on WBAL Radio. I don’t know as I almost never listen to talk radio any more. Whatever, I first became aware of Brochin when he took over the managing of Gerry Brewster’s 1994 campaign for Congress against the future victor, Bobby Ehrlich. All I can say is that it’s a good thing Brochin wasn’t there at the outset.
Oh, sure, Ehrlich still would’ve won, but something tells me that the race would have been one Hell of a lot closer than the 63-37 trouncing that Brewster received.
Anyway, as everyone knows, Ehrlich went on to become Governor and Brochin got elected to the State Senate – where he routinely pissed off Senate President Mike Miller. Unlike Ehrlich, however, Brochin never lost any re-elections and he remains there to this day.
My favorite personal tale of Brochin happened a few months after my name was magically transformed into a household word. Every Monday night when the legislature is in session, many Delegates and Senators meet up at Fran O’Brien’s, an Annapolis pub. One Monday night, just for the Hell of it, I went down there to the pub after that night’s legislative session ended.
And, there I am, sitting at the bar having a beer – when Jim Brochin walks in and sees me. Brochin walked over to where I was sitting, looked me dead in the eyes and all but shouted at me: “You owe Gerry Brewster an apology!” I imagine that even then, 11 years after the fact, that Brochin still blamed me for something I may have or have not done in the Ehrlich-Brewster race. It was all I could do to not burst out laughing.
Anyway, Jim Brochin and I have run into each other a few times since then – and we always get along very nicely. He is a gracious and very friendly guy, make no mistake.
(Tim Robinson, Bookended by the Delightful, “Not Dead Yet,” Donna Michael and MD National Committeewoman, Nicolee Ambrose)
Tuesday night at Chez Ambrose turned into a veritable “who’s who” of Baltimore County politicos who came out in support of Tim Robinson to end Jim Brochin’s reign in the Senate. These politicos included: Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, Congressman Andy Harris, Former Congresswoman Helen Bentley, Councilman Todd Huff. Delegate candidate Chris West (42b) and activists too numerous to mention, including Al Mendelsohn and the delightful and “Not Dead Yet,” Donna Michael.
And, the fundraiser, itself, appeared to be quite a success: 30 or so folks in attendance – but the names of sponsors that Robinson thanked (Platinum, Gold and so on) as he read off the list was both impressive and long as Hell. And, most of those sponsors weren’t even in attendance. A couple of things I learned include the fact that Robinson has employed CampaignON – very nice! – that Robinson had the money to produce a radio ad and that he has been doing some serious door to door.
I learned that info directly from the candidate after both Ambassador Sauerbrey and former Congresswoman Bentley had each said a few words and before Andy Harris keynoted for Robinson. Much of the talk that night centered around the fact “finally!” there was a legitimate candidate to take on Mr. Retail Politics, Jim Brochin – the need to cut taxes and there was also a bit about the need to gut ObamaCare in Maryland – and what better guy to do that since Tim Robinson is a doctor!
Other than that, the food was excellent – thanks to Glenn McCalley and his group and, on the way out, Congressman Harris asked the hostess, Ms. Ambrose, to be sure to let him know when she’s having her GOP Christmas Party fundraiser.
It was quite a good night, all the way around. From what I can remember of it, anyway…