I didn’t attend any part of last weekend’s MDGOP convention – did not imbibe a single drink at any of the hospitality suites, didn’t make the trek (again) to Solomons Island (again), nothing. Hell, I didn’t even start my car this past weekend until Sunday afternoon.
So, I had some curious concerns with a FB post I saw about the MDGOP’s shindig, post-convention, a post in which one writer dubbed it, “The Tony Campbell Affair.”
The Not-Quite Reader’s Digest ® Version is as follows…
Apparently, Tony Campbell (a longtime friend) is the Chairman or some such equally as important sounding title of some “organization” (I’d Never heard of until, like, 3 or 4 days ago) called the Black Republican Council. Campbell, allegedly, wanted his BRC to have a vote on the MDGOP’s Executive Committee – despite the allegations that Campbell is the only known member of the BRC and that the group, itself, has no standards or criteria of any kind. Speaking of having no criteria, it is also alleged that the MDGOP has no criteria for itself in allowing groups such as the College Republicans (CRs), the Young Republicans (YRs) and the Maryland Federation of Republican Women (MFYRs) a vote on the Executive Committee – each of which has been granted a vote on said committee at some point over the years.
Well, maybe the MDGOP doesn’t demand any criteria – such as what to do if a leader of a certain group resigns or what have you, but THAT is on the MDGOP, not each individual group. If you don’t ask for something, chances are you aren’t going to get it.
From what I’ve heard, much of Tony Campbell’s argument for why his BRC was deserving of a vote comes from the fact that a few years ago, the YRs were granted a vote by the MDGOP despite the fact that Li’l Guy was the group’s chairman and, at that time, had all of somewhere between 3 to 5 paid members. Whatever the MDGOP gave the YRs a vote on the Executive Committee – and I guess in Tony Campbell’s mind that warranted him and his one man show, the BRC, a vote as well.
Well, obviously, no it doesn’t. Not from where I sit, anyway – which is behind this computer screen, drinking coffee, while writing this.
But, what did the MDGOP Central Committees vote to do? Did they tell Tony to “stick it” or come up with some membership criteria for the BRC and get back to us? Hell, no. What the MDGOP Central Committees did was to not only disallow the BRC a vote on the Executive Committee – which was a good thing, but they also took away the Executive Voting status from the YRs, CRs and the MFRW as well, which was horribly mistaken and wrong.
Now, I am at a total and absolute loss as to why the MDGOP removed the votes of those three, long standing, historic bodies. In the YRs case, particularly, because under their new Chairman, Kory Boone – who is rapidly transforming the group away from the Li’l Guy Disaster – they are rocking and rolling.
And they are pissed.
Did the MDGOP eliminate the Executive Committee votes for the other 3 groups because they didn’t want to be seen as picking on a lone black man who once worked for the very real group “Republicans for Obama” by disallowing the BRC a vote on the Executive Committee?
Or was it simply that the MDGOP just couldn’t think of a better way to handle this situation – like reviewing each group’s Executive Committee voting status on an individual basis and then voting accordingly…which is what it should have done.
Again, the YRs I know – and despite being 16 years beyond when I can even join them, I know a fair amount of them – are royally and totally pissed off at losing their voting rights status with the Executive Board. Who can blame them? But, boy, will they ever catch a shitload of grief if they stop their immense volunteer efforts and fail to work to elect Republicans in 2016!
This is such Bull shit for every one of those auxiliary groups – the MFYRs, the CRs and the YRs.
As I’ve been saying on and off for the past few months, there is no longer any MDGOP Reservation. There really isn’t. And, this, with the MDGOP being perceived as having given into the race card being played, or simply showing an absolute dearth of common sense – which has resulted in pissing off your best workers and innovators – is no way to begin reinstituting one.