I had noticed some names on lists of Baltimore County Republican Central Committee candidates on the board of elections website that were people I knew were affiliated with Campaign for Liberty (C4L.) I also heard this was the case in other counties as well.
Then last night after filing closed, I heard that Congressman Andy Harris had been fielding candidates who filed for central committee to run against the C4L candidates. I also heard that Harris had allegedly put up Alan McCarthy to run in the primary against Del. Mike Smigiel in District 36.
Will this be a proxy war to take over the county central committees and how will it ultimately play out? What will the result mean for the state GOP?
I talked to one prominent Republican last night who is not fond of C4L who said he would do all he could in the central committee races to stop them.
Another Republican told me last night that Andy Harris “wants to run the State party and the libertarians and liberty candidates are the only thing stopping him from being the Party.”
Besides McCarthy in District 36, Harris is also said to be behind the campaign of Tim Robinson in District 42. During the Senate 36 mess last summer, I also constantly heard from people who weren’t fans of Harris that he was trying to set his own machine up to control things in the GOP in his district.
Is this latest conflict between Andy Harris and the libertarian leaning Republicans a battle for the soul of the party or is this just more fighting for crumbs within a party that is totally locked out of any real power?
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.