As I reported first yesterday, Delegate Mike Hough did indeed announce today that he would forego a bid for delegate in District 4 and will instead challenge incumbent Senator David Brinkley in a Republican primary.
Here are some other items from today related to Hough-Brinkley:
First, to answer a question I raised on Twitter and in my earlier post, Delegate Nic Kipke tells me that he is “not taking sides in the Brinkley Hough race.”
Second, the Frederick News-Post reported on Hough’s announcement and Brinkley’s filing:
Hough said he wants to bring true conservatism to the District 4 seat. Though Brinkley is the GOP leader in the Senate, the 11-year incumbent’s voting record leans left, Hough contends.
“District 4 is very conservative, and they deserve a conservative state senator, and they do not have that now,” said Hough, a freshman delegate representing District 3B.
On Tuesday, Brinkley filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections as a candidate for re-election. He was first elected to the Maryland Senate in 2002 after serving eight years in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Third, the Brinkley campaign sent out a press release:
Senator David Brinkley has filed to run for reelection as a candidate for Maryland State Senate to represent District 4.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to run for Senate,” said Brinkley. “This campaign will be another opportunity to reach out to the voters of Frederick County and combat the crippling taxes and regulations that are strangling our local economy.”
Senator Brinkley is the Senate Minority leader and is a leader in the conservative opposition to the Democratic monopoly. His approach is best characterized as forceful yet respectful of the office and the taxpayers who elected him. His record demonstrates that he has been a champion for Republican values and has smartly found ways to make his voice heard in a state government that would rather steamroll any opposition.
Most recently, Senator Brinkley distinguished himself as the first to call for a full-scale independent investigation of the mismanagement of the O’Malley-Brown Maryland Health Benefits Exchange (MHBE). Maryland has faced embarrassment on the national stage as the Governor’s bad planning and information technology failures have been revealed. Supporting Senator Brinkley’s call for an independent and full investigation, Rep. Andy Harris (R – MD 1) sent a letter to the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting a federal audit of the Exchange. Brinkley’s leadership and collaborative approach continues to keep the spotlight on this massive misuse of taxpayer dollars.
“Opposing the Administration’s ramrod approach while systematically bringing solutions to the table is hard work but it is the job I was elected to do,” he continued. “The citizens of Frederick County deserve more than a toxic government and I am willing to work hard to be an effective Republican leader, not just an empty seat. There’s a difference between wanting to be a politician and serving the taxpayers who put you there.”
The primary election is Tuesday, June 24th with early voting beginning Thursday, June 12th.
Finally, this meme of unknown origin was circulating online today:
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.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.