Baltimore Area Young Republicans Abandon Races in Maryland
With weeks to go before the important municipal elections in Annapolis and Frederick, one local Young Republican group is packing their bags for Virginia.
Instead of helping out with local races, the Baltimore Area Young Republicans are packing their bags to spend two weekends campaigning in Virginia for gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. The trip was first reported on the BAYR Facebook page.
While the post says implies that the visit is to gain assistance for Maryland in 2018, that is highly unlikely given that Virginia has another statewide race, for US Senate, in 2018 as well.
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Sadly this seems like a reenactment of 2012, when Republican groups across Maryland, including the Maryland Republican Party itself, abandoned Republican candidates across Maryland to campaign for candidates in other states. For me personally, it was a point of pride that as Chairman of the Maryland Young Republicans that year that not only did our group not deploy out of state, but we brought Young Republicans from other states into Maryland to help Dan Bongino and other worthy candidates.
This also happened in 2013 when the Maryland-based Conservative Victory PAC abandoned Republican candidates in Maryland to throw their weight behind Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. That year, however, the Maryland Republican Party joined with Republican groups across Maryland (including the YR’s) to campaign heavily in Frederick and Annapolis, with victories in both Mayoral races.
The worst part of all of this is the fact that the Baltimore Area YR’s are more inclined to leave Maryland than to help out Young Republican candidates running in both the Annapolis and Frederick races this year. That includes Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, who chaired the organizing committee for the Young Republican National Convention held in Annapolis this year.
I have reached out to BAYRs leadership for comment as to why they have chosen to abandon races here in Maryland to campaign in Virginia. I have not received a reply at present.