Del. Parrott should replace Sen. Shank

I was pleasantly surprised that State Senator Chris Shank (R-2) was selected to serve by Governor-Elect Hogan as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. I know that Senator Shank will serve capably and honorably in his new role.

The conversation, of course, will then turn to who will replace Senator Shank in the Senate. There are two names who are the immediate and obvious front-runners for this appointment: Delegate Andrew Serafini (R-2A) and Delegate Neil Parrott (R-2A). Both men have served honorably in the House of Delegates. We urge the Washington County Republican Central Committee to appoint Delegate Neil Parrott to the State Senate.  While there are other fine candidates, we here at Red Maryland believe that Del. Parrott is the most capable replacement to represent his district in the State Senate and to challenge the Mike Miller agenda.

Both Delegates have both generally been opponents of Governor O’Malley’s agenda in Annapolis. It is a bit concerning, however, that Delegate Serafini did vote for Governor O’Malley’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget and the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2013, one of only a handful of Republicans to cross the aisle to do so.

While two budget votes may not make or break some minds, what cannot be questioned is Delegate Parrott’s commitment to the conservative cause and fighting back against Democratic overreach in Annapolis. Delegate Parrott was the force behind, which allowed mainstream Marylanders to stand up against liberal extremism and allow their voters to decide on any number of issues. While those referenda were not ultimately successful, Delegate Parrott’s idea and website revolutionized petition drives in the state of Maryland, and caused a knee-jerk liberal reaction in the General Assembly.

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The State Senate needs more conservatives who are willing to stand up for conservative values, for taxpayers, and for Governor Hogan’s agenda over the next four years. Given his past record as a champion for conservative values and as somebody willing to take the fight directly to the Democrats, it is a role that Neil Parrott is well suited to fill. We look forward to seeing him move across the hall to the Senate.

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