Pat McDonough’s Letter to the House GOP Caucus on HB 1513


Pat McDonough launched a missive today against the Maryland Liberty PAC and Campaign for Liberty. McDonough sent the below email to his colleagues. In it, McDonough is critical of the Campaign for Liberty and Stable Revolution Consulting while naming Ted Patterson and Patrick McGrady by name. McDonough is apparently upset about emails and robo-calls that were reportedly targeted into his district over this issue. I’d ask him for comment, but he’d probably ask me to self-deport from Maryland again.

Of note also is the attempt by McDonough to get his colleagues to whine to U.S. Senator Rand Paul about the matter. Maybe McDonough can go tell Senator Paul in person at the Maryland Liberty PAC event, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to sneak in without paying like he often attempts at GOP events.

Here’s how McDonough referred to HB 1513 in the email:

The bill they are referring to is a minor reform of the system in Harford County because the GOP Central Committee has been ineffective and destructive. The Charter under which they operate makes it clear that the committee is supposed to promote the best interests of the Republican Party. Some of the members of the Harford Committee are associated with the Campaign for Liberty and have constantly attacked Republican officials.

It’s a pretty bombastic email and it won’t do anything to calm the situation down any, despite attempts by state party leadership to get the bill killed.

Here’s the complete email:

Date: March 25, 2014 at 12:30:42 PM EDT
To:  [House GOP Caucus]
Subject: To the Republican Causus [sic]

In response to a misleading letter that you received recently, I am providing you with the facts. The people that funded this phony letter to you are attempting to deceive and mislead you which will weaken our conservative cause.

The bill they are referring to is a minor reform of the system in Harford County because the GOP Central Committee has been ineffective and destructive. The Charter under which they operate makes it clear that the committee is supposed to promote the best interests of the Republican Party. Some of the members of the Harford Committee are associated with the Campaign for Liberty and have constantly attacked Republican officials.

Solid conservatives like Andy Harris and Harford County’s next County Executive, Republican Senator Barry Glassman, have been targets of their wrath and misinformation. Other victims include the Harford County Republican Delegation. It is amazing that these power hungry wannabees would question the conservative credentials of the Harford lawmakers which the Baltimore Sun has characterized as the most conservative delegation in the General Assembly.

The Campaign for Liberty Group claims that Delegate Kathy Szeliga is pro-choice when she has actually been an effective leader in the pro-life movement for decades. Labeling Kathy as pro-choice is the equivalent of claiming Mother Teresa is pro-choice. This is how vicious and extreme this small group of radicals can be with their tactics.

They have even questioned my conservative credentials. For over 20 years on radio, sometimes as a lone voice, I promoted and defended conservative principles before this group ever existed. I have always been a Ronald Reagan Republican and a member of the Tea Party Caucus in the General Assembly. Claiming Delegate Pat McDonough is a “rhino” is like claiming Senator Rand Paul is a liberal.

The people who are attacking Republican elected representatives also ran and lost their bid for public office. Obviously, based on the shameful letter from The Campaign for Liberty group, the voters exercised good judgment in Harford County. Another mistake that these radicals made was to believe the Harford County Delegation was composed of rubber-legged Republicans who would be intimidated and tolerate these unwarranted attacks. The Harford County Delegation is a different breed of solid conservatives, hardened by the wars in Annapolis, and strengthened by three successful election campaigns. We do not retreat from bullies or sore losers who attempt to confuse the voters who rejected them in the last election. On June 24th in the Republican primary election in Harford County, we will be on the battlefield with over 300 Super Citizen volunteers standing alongside of us. Warriors never back off from lies and personal attacks.

It is a disservice to the people of Maryland that these attack dogs would unleash their venom at a time when the Republican Caucus in Annapolis is fighting a brave but uphill battle against the super majority of radical Democrats. I think it would be a fair question to ask, “Where are these attack-dog phony Republicans when it comes to battle ground Annapolis?” They are nowhere to be found. Missing In Action!

Why are they not standing shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the Republican Caucus fighting against a dishonest bloated budget, and other monstrous proposals hurting Marylanders

The most important question everyone should ask is, “Why are these radicals attacking conservatives and Tea Party legislators while maintaining a deafening silence when it comes to attacking O’Malley and the radical Democrat agenda?” All of the supporters of the Harford County Campaign for Liberty should be asking that important question

Remember, the mission of the Republican State Central Committee is to promote the best interests of the Republican Party and its elected officials. Not only has this small group failed in that responsibility by attacking Republicans, but they also have just simply failed in their basic duties as members. Other Republican State Central Committees, as part of tradition, have hosted annual Lincoln & Reagan Day fundraisers. The current Harford County Central Committee has never hosted a Lincoln Reagan Fundraiser, nor have they raised any funds for Republican causes or candidates. Simply put, they have been a dysfunctional, squabbling embarrassment.

For the most part, the Harford County Delegation and other Republican elected officials have just given up on them. However, when they begin to constantly and viciously attack Republican officials with lies, it is time to act. The Reform Act of the Harford County Central Committee only affects that committee. No other Central Committee in the state is impacted. When the primary elections occur on June 24th, many of the current dysfunctional members will be unelected. Unfortunately, by law, they will still serve as lame ducks until November. They will use their lame duck positions to continue to divide the party, attack Republicans, and create confusion. The committee reform bill will help to defuse this situation.

The bottom line is that these people are third party radicals masquerading as Republicans who are determined to divide and destroy the GOP. At a time in our history when the GOP has become the last great hope for America, we do not deserve a Trojan horse in our party.

As mentioned earlier, this group has problems raising money for Republican causes. However, they do not appear to have any problem raising money for themselves. The principals in this radical group control an organization called Stable Revolution Consulting. This is supposed to be a strategy group, but clearly they are using the funds they raise by attacking Republicans. Patrick McGrady and Ted Patterson, two leaders in the Campaign for Liberty and phony Republicans, are the principals in Stable Revolution Consulting.

At the kick-off of the Tea Party movement in American and Maryland, I was in the trenches. I spoke at many of the Tea Party rallies across the state, including in Harford County. All during the movement, I have promoted the philosophy and principles on the agenda through my radio show and television appearances. Many Tea Party leaders from around the country have been guests. I like Senator Rand Paul and hope he is permitted to have a decent shot at the Republican nomination for President. However, the tactics of people like Patrick McGrady, Ted Patterson, and others do a great disservice to the Senator. Their below-the-belt attacks on a multitude of elected Republican public servants will cause nothing but problems and complications for Senator Paul. Campaigning 101 makes it clear that candidates like Senator Paul will need friends and supporters within the Republican Party in Maryland and elsewhere. Despite the fantasy that Mr. McGrady and Mr. Patterson have in their unreal world, they are not true representatives of the people. The elected officials have large volunteer followings, diverse records, and knowledge of winning campaigns. Senator Paul will need their help. The Senator is being educated and informed about the antics and disgraceful behavior of some of his supporters in Maryland. They are his roadblock to success.

In the final analysis, you and I believe in the same principles, defending the Constitution, the Rule of Law, American exceptionalism, limited government, and other traditional values.

I have hosted more than 1,000 radio programs during my lifetime and, at the conclusion of every show, my statement is the following, “Truth and knowledge guarantee liberty. Keep the faith and keep punching.”   I not only say these words, I believe in them and live by them. To all of my fellow Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party activists, sincere and dedicated Committee members, patriots and Super Citizens: Stay alert, stay the course, and pursue the truth!

Serving the People,


Pat McDonough

Your Delegate

P.S If you would like to contact Senator Rand Paul and inform him about the counterproductive tactics of some of his supporters are using to attack Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Party Legislators, use the following information:
208 Russell Senate Office Building ,
Washington, District of Columbia 20510
Tel: (202) 224-4343
Fax: (202) 228-6917
William Henderson
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  1. Wow Mr. McDonough! Talk about firing shots with in the Republican party. What you did here shows your own intent and failure to lead.

    Mr McDonough instead of attacking YOUR OWN party, why not take YOUR own advice? A true leader would have contacted Mr. Patterson and Mr. McGrady and worked with them on their valid concerns about the bill. In your letter all you did is verify to everyone that if a person with in your own party opposes your agenda, you will attack them. Instead with your letter, you drew a deeper line in the sand further dividing the republican base.

    Mr. McDonough you also fail to recognize the fact that the central committee in Harford County was not approached or asked if such a bill was necessary before you attempted to secretly in emergency proceedings attempted to jan it down everyones throats. What does that say about you with in YOUR OWN party? Does the public not elect members of central committee? Do you have any respect for those republican voters who elected people like Mr. McGrady to office? How valuable is a leader who can not communicate with his own team as you have displayed?

    Perhaps it is time to step back a decide if you want to be a Republican and work with all republicans or if you would like to lose another elction like the one we witnessed between Obama and Romney? After all if the Republicans had not cheated in the convention, with last minute rule changes alienating a good portion of their own party we may have won. Did you not learn anything? Do you know the definition of insanity?

    Respect Republican voters and work with LPAC Mr Patterson and Mr McGrady, they are not going anywhere even if you like it or not. Do you want to strengthen your party or further divide it?

  2. I apologize for grammer and spelling in my last post. It is difficult typing from my cell phone.

  3. Mr. McDonough is a desperate man. He is trying to destroy the will of the voters by going around them, and putting he and his Harford Delegates onto the Harford Central Committee. It is a disgusting power-grab, and I hope the voters in McDonough’s district do not re-elect him to office. If he is re-elected to office, my hope is that he is receives a significant primary challenger in 2018.

    I am running for Harford County Republican Central Committee and Harford County School Board, two part-time positions, and under McDonough’s plan, if elected by the voters to both offices, I would have to give-up one of those positions. He doesn’t care about the voters of Harford County. In fact, he doesn’t even reside in Harford County, and he wants to become a member of Harford’s Republican Central Committee. That is of course contrary to the by-laws of the Harford County Republican Central Committee.

    The battle between Republican Delegates Pat McDonough, Kathy Szeliga and Rick Impallaria on the one-hand, and Republicans such as Patrick McGrady, Ted Patterson and me on the other, is simply a microcosm, as a friend of mine stated, of what is happening in states all-across our great nation. You have Establishment Republicans who care more about Party than Principle, versus real Tea-Party Republicans (McGrady/Patterson/Fleckenstein) who care more about Principle, than Party. This is happening, in one form or another, in virtually every state. It is a battle for the heart and soul of the GOP. Will the GOP be Democrat-lite (McDonough, Szeliga, R. Impallaria), or will it encompass the values of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (McGrady, Patterson, Fleckenstein). The Tea-Party Republicans often attack the Democrats, but first we have to clean-up the messes that our Left-Leaning Establishment Republican friends often create.