Could Western Maryland secede and form a new state?

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Frederick News-Post

A growing number of western Marylanders are saying they want a divorce from their state.

It’s not that they’re after bitter revolution and bloodshed. But they say they’re fed up with Maryland politics and want a fresh start for Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties.

The talk of secession is happening on a Facebook page that had topped 620 “likes” by Thursday and featured dozens of postings from Maryland’s dissatisfied customers.

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The man behind the movement is Scott Strzelczyk, a resident of New Windsor and executive producer of “The Forgotten Men,” a radio program on WFMD. He said he doesn’t consider himself a Republican or a Democrat and is chiefly concerned about protecting liberty in the western counties.

“We simply want to institute a state government that better represents us. The only way to accomplish this is a peaceful and amicable divorce from the State of Maryland,” Strzelczyk wrote in an email.

I am not sure how much steam this will pick up – but I wouldn’t be that optimistic. Of course, the last time there was going to be a secession-related meeting in Frederick, the legislators involved were arrested.

The Facebook page referenced in the article is Western Maryland: A New State Initiative

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore for 8 years. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in DC. Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.