Quinn and Peroutka: Two Peas in a Pod

Yesterday the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee was sworn in. These Central Committee members, elected by the voters in the June 24th Republican Primary, include two members who are total embarrassments to the Republican Party.

The most infamous of these Central Committee members is County Councilman-elected Michael Peroutka. So much has been written about Mr. Peroutka, though I would be remiss to point out that Red Maryland was the first outlet to report about Peroutka’s wacky views.  Peroutka believes in things that the majority of Americans, the majority of Republicans even, just do not believe.  If you asked Republicans in Maryland, I would be willing to bet that more than 90% of them oppose secession. They oppose the racial ideas embraced by the League of the South. They oppose statist government that Peroutka would embrace as part of his “Christian Reconstructionist” philosophy.  And he thinks that the General Assembly is no longer a valid legislative body.

I’m guessing that State Senator Ed Reilly is probably regretting the day that he said that “I never perceived (Peroutka) as radical in any area… I think he would make a great councilman.”

While Peroutka has draped his statism in the clothing of the Constitution, he also fails the basic test of serving on the Central Committee which is to be a conservative who supports the Republican Party. As Mr. Peroutka said himself as it relates to Conservatism:

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If this is a fairly good profile of your beliefs then you probably think that conservative politicians and conservative leaders are on your side.

They are not.

You see, as it turns out in real life, conservatism is not the opposite of liberalism. Conservatism is not even a political philosophy. Properly understood, conservatism is really only a reaction to a political philosophy, and a very weak one at that.

By growling a while but then giving in to the advances of their supposed enemy, Conservatives only solidify the never ending gains of their big government, socialist, liberal brothers.

Let us also not forget what Mr. Peroutka said about the party that he is now an elected leader of:

“Anyone, including those who identify with the ‘Tea Party’, who loves America and desires real reform, would do well to disengage themselves from the Republican Party and their brand of worthless, Godless, unprincipled conservatism.”

“Isn’t it more likely that those who have been “hoodwinked” are those that put their trust in the Republican party and the Godless, conservative movement? Isn’t it beyond time to return to the true American View of law and government, acknowledging the Creator God as the Supreme Judge of the Universe and the written Constitution as the Supreme law of the Land?

Meanwhile, in District 30, Republican Voters elected Don Quinn. Quinn was simultaneously running for both the Republican Central Committee and for the State Senate and the Republican Central Committee. After just barely getting by in the Republican Primary, Quinn fell 931 or so votes short against State Senator John Astle. A frustrating defeat for those of us who have been working for years to defeat Astle because Quinn probably lost solely because he was outed as a fraud and a huckster during  the campaign.

Quinn’s problems started during the primary, when Jeff Quinton raised questions about Quinn’s residency. Then, Quinton found about Quinn’s connection to the website FindLocalPot.com, a connection that Quinn refuted, which led to stories about Quinn’s business being delinquent in taxes. But the straw that broke the camel’s back was when Quinn admitted he lied about his education, a story he blamed on “right-wing bloggers”, a decision that he defended in a bizarre, rambling statement on his campaign blog.

When it comes to being elected members of the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee, both are pretty much two peas in a pod. Neither man brings anything to the table to help the Republican Party grow. Neither man has any desire that I have seen to grow the Republican Party, to help capitalize on Governor-Elect Hogan’s victory last week. Neither man brings any ability to fundraise for Republican candidates or causes. And neither man can really be trusted to do the work that is necessary to grow the Republican Party; Peroutka based on his hatred of the Republican Party, and Quinn for his lack of honesty during the campaign.

This is a critical time for the growth and success of the Republican Party in the state of Maryland. While here in Anne Arundel County we have had a successful Republican Party for some time, we cannot afford to go backwards while coming off such an overwhelming success. Don Quinn and Michael Peroutka are two peas in a pod whose presence on the Republican Central Committee hurts the credibility of our party. Both men are unfit to serve our party in this capacity.

Given the size of the egos involved, neither Quinn nor Peroutka will likely step down from their role. But I am strongly encouraging Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee members to do what it takes to ensure that our Central Committee consists of people we can trust to do the good work of the Republican Party.

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