Notes from the 2013 MD GOP Fall Convention, Part I


I just wanted to take advantage of some downtime to cover some of Friday’s events at the convention as well as morning events on Saturday.

The Doubletree appeared to be the Larry Hogan hotel last night – whether it was the convention tote bags, all the signs, and all of the things set up for the Change Maryland party last night. The hotel was packed by the time that party got started, with a crowded ballroom, a live band, and open bars that had waits of up to thirty minutes. There was some grumbling from supporters of other candidates for Governor about the hotel “takeover.”

As expected, Hogan announced he would be making an announcement about his gubernatorial bid in January.

There were several hospitality suites in the hotel last night.  Of the gubernatorial candidates, Ron George and David Craig had suites. George was in his suite and the only gubernatorial candidate that I saw here while the Hogan show was going on downstairs. Jeannie Haddaway, running mate of David Craig, was here. Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties had suites as well. There was one identified as a “libertarian” suite that I never got to but I’m not sure what exact group it was. Of the suites I went to, I would rate Anne Arundel County the top suite.  They had the best food and they had beer home-brewed by Jimmy Braswell.

Red Maryland was broadcasting live last night and they announced the winners of their awards:

Maryland Conservative of the Year: Dan Bongino

Maryland Conservative Organization of the Year: Maryland Citizen Action Network

Maryland Conservative Legislator of the Year: Delegate Ron George

Maryland Conservative County Official of the Year: Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman

Maryland Conservative Campaign of the Year: Mayor-elect Mike Pantelides

Maryland Political Least Valuable Player: Julie Brewington

I finished 6th in the voting for Maryland Conservative of the Year behind Dan Bongino, my friend Jim Jamitis, Annapolis Mayor-Elect Mike Pantelides, Larry Hogan, and Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman. I finished ahead of Dr. Ben Carson, Congressman Andy Harris, and several others.

I went to the breakfast this morning the featured RNC Digital Director Chuck Defeo, who I’ve worked with before. It was a great presentation. Charles Lollar also was allowed to speak at the breakfast because he had family committments later today and couldn’t be here.

Ron George was here earlier and left. I have not seen any other gubernatorial candidates here today. I will write another post with more observations on the weekend and covering the convention session itself.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

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