“Republicans” seek Progressive Maryland endorsement


Three Republican candidates for local office have sought the endorsement of Progressive Maryland this year. It’s no surprise that none of the three were actually on the list of candidates endorsed by the group. For more information on Progressive Maryland, just look at who sits on their board and look at their issues. Two of the Republicans seeking the group’s endorsement were in Baltimore County and the third was in Montgomery County.

In Baltimore County, Tony Cambpell and Jason Samios-Uy sought the Progressive Maryland endorsement while, in Montgomery County, Robert Dyer sought the endorsement. It says a lot about these three candidates that they were apparently the only Republicans running for office in the whole state of Maryland who bothered to fill out the questionnaire. Almost every Republican candidate gave it the attention it deserved and either deleted the email or threw the questionnaire away. (In my ideal world Republican candidates would do the same for labor union questionnaires – epecially for government employee unions.)

Campbell is the Republican candidate for Baltimore County Executive. Campbell was previously endorsed by Maryland Right to Life and I have to think that factored in to him not getting the Progressive Maryland endorsement, even though he gave some answers that look pretty close to their positions to me. Campbell, a Towson University professor, served as a national officer, spokesman, and state director for Republicans for Obama. He also had a very troubled tenure as chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee.

When asked if he had ever done anything to help Progressive Maryland achieve their goals, Campbell said:

I have worked to unionize the adjunct professors at Towson University. I am active in the NAACP and other community groups.

Campbell answered yes to a question asking if he would support enacting a public campaign financing system at the local level. He also answered yes to a question asking if he would support legislation requiring retail stores over 75,000 square feet to pay a “living wage”, provide “adequate” health care, and engage in “first source” hiring agreements.

Campbell also expressed his support for legislation that would result in a “comprehensive public employee collective bargaining law in Maryland.”

He said he supports legislation that would require “”final and binding arbitration of all labor disputes by public employees. ”

Campbell also said he would support requiring any business that received any “public support” to pay “living wages and health benefits.” Campbell added a comment that he would exempt businesses with less than 51 employees from this.

He also said he would support legislation that, when a government union is recognized, would require employees in the bargaining unit to pay union fees even if they chose not to join the union.

Campbell said he would be willing to work with Progressive Maryland lobbyists to pass bills, would testify at hearings on behalf of their legislation, would speak at public events in support of their legislation, and would write letters or op-eds in support of their legislation.

He also said that he would urge employers to stay neutral in union elections, would urge employers to recognize a union after a vote, and would walk a picket line with a labor union.

Here’s Campbell’s personal comment he added at the bottom of the questionnaire:


Thankfully, Campbell has two primary opponents next month. I will be looking into George Harman and Gregory Prush to decide who I’m going to vote for. Even if Campbell wins the primary, the odds of him winning in November are low.

Here’s Campbell’s complete questionnaire:

Tony Campbell's Progressive Maryland Questionnaire

Jason Samios-Uy is a Republican candidate for Baltimore County Council in District 6. He has no primary opponent and will face the winner of the Democratic Primary between incumbent councilwoman Cathy Bevins and Jeff Beard.

Samios-Uy supported public financing on the questionnaire and made this comment:

He also supported the big-box legislation that Campbell supported. Here are his comments:


Samios-Uy didn’t answer the collective bargaining question with a yes or a no:


Samios-Uy also supports final and binding arbitration while also favoring requiring businesses that receive public benefit to pay a “living wage” and health benefits. He left comments, similar to the milquetoast comments above, on responses there.

Here are his rambling, contradictory comments about whether to require non-union members to pay a union fee:


Samios-Uy told Progressive Maryland that he would help them co-sponsor legislation, work with their lobbyists, testify on behalf of their legislation, speak at public events, and write letters or op-eds.  He also said he would speak at Progressive Maryland events and would urge employers to remain neutral during a union campaign.

Here’s how he answered about questions related to writing unorganized employees encouraging them to join a union and whether he would walk a union picket line:


Samios-Uy has no primary opponent next month and he also has little or no chance in November against Cathy Bevins.

Here’s Samios-Uy’s complete questionnaire:

Jason Samios-Uy's candidate questionnaire for Progressive Maryland

Robert Dyer is an at-large County Council candidate in Montgomery County. There are three other at-large GOP primary candidates.

In his questionnaire, Dyer says he hasn’t directly aided Progressive Maryland in the past but that he has testified for progressive legislation before county council and other county boards. He says he will support extending the $11.50 minimum wage in Montgomery County past 2017 and that he will oppose efforts to exempt “certain employers” from paying that minimum.

Dyer also supports indexing the county’s minimum wage to inflation and also supports increasing the minimum wage for tipped employees to 70% of the county  minimum wage. He does clarify that he wants this policy to apply to large chains but apparently not to small businesses.

He won’t agree with Progressive Maryland in opposing further expansion of Wal-mart in Montgomery County. However, his explanation for that answer indicates that he supports organizing Wal-mart employees and thinks that increasing the minimum wage will have what he thinks is a positive impact on Wal-mart’s business practices.

Dyer answered no to the same question Campbell agreed to about big box retail stores. His explanation indicated that he thinks legislation like that should apply to all retailers instead of singling out certain ones. He goes on to say Wal-mart will have to pay a living wage under county law and that workers in the county should be able to get affordable healthcare through Obamacare.

Dyer supports a public employee collective bargaining law for Maryland. He opposed a WMATA-run Purple Line, which means he presumably thinks the state or a private company should run it. He supports “ethical labor standards” for the winner of the Purple Line contract. He opposes labor peace agreements because he thinks they can allow card check.

Dyer supports public campaign financing at the local level.  He says he would co-sponsor Progressive Maryland legislation, work with their lobbyists, testify at public hearings, speak at public events, and would write letters or op-eds for their legislation.

He also says he would speak at Progressive Maryland events, would walk a labor union picket line, and would write a letter endorsing labor union organizing to unorganized workers.

Here’s Dyer’s complete questionnaire:

Robert Dyer Questionnaire for Progressive Maryland

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.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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