Could Western Maryland secede and form a new state?


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.


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 moved to the Baltimore area in 2006. He has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. His work experience includes radio news reporting, web design for government agencies at the state and federal level, and working in social media and communications for a DC public policy organization. Quinton is a military veteran of the Army National Guard (where he served as an intelligence analyst)a nd an Eagle Scout.