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Decision Time For District 3B

Tonight the Frederick County Republican Central Committee will interview and vote on the replacement for former Republican Delegate Rick Weldon. They have narrowed their choice to three finalists, Mike Hough, Charles A. Jenkins and John R. Lovell, Jr.

I and my RedMaryland colleague Brian Griffiths have been commenting on this race repeatedly and invited discussion not just from the candidates and members of the central committees making he ultimate choice but all Maryland conservatives.

While Brian and I disagree on the import of social conservatism in this choice, a reflection of discussions many conservatives are having, we both agree on one thing.

As Brian puts it:

“Now, when it comes to this vacancy in District 3B, the issue becomes more of state level issues. What issues should be the most important when it comes to considering the ideology of any successor to Weldon’s seat? The most important need to be:

Fiscal Restraint
No On New Taxes
A Commitment to the Reduction of the Size of Government

As I put it:

“How can the GOP make fiscal conservatism and opposition to the O’Malley tax increases central themes next year when their own local committee members choose tax raisers?”

Now to the candidates. As I reported and sourced before, former Frederick County Commissioner John Lovell both against tax cuts and for higher taxes. The same is true of Charles A. Jenkins, which you can read here and here.

In fact, here is a telling quote from Mr. Jenkins:

Either way, Mr. Jenkins said, “It’s kind of a no-win situation. The reality is if you don’t (raise taxes) you’re going to have to make cuts in services.

With facing continuing deficits do we really need a Republican member of the House of Delegates who sees the choice of higher taxes and reducing government as a “no-win situation” or Republicans with a record of raising taxes and expanding government on the local level?

That is why I support Mike Hough and urge the Frederick and Washington County Central Committees to do the same. Mike has signed the Maryland Taxpayers Association “No New Taxes” pledge. He has supported anti-tax conservative Republicans for years. For him, the choice of higher taxes or smaller government is an easy one and not a “no-win situation”.

And for the record, he is a social conservative too.






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