“Changing Of The Guard” in MDGOP
The Baltimore Sun has already written up an article on yesterday’s Maryland Republican Convention and focused on the election of the National Committeewomen.
A conservative activist running an insurgent candidacy against the Maryland Republican establishment seized the post of national committeewoman at the state GOP convention Saturday, beating longtime party stalwart Audrey E. Scott.
The victory by Nicolee Ambrose of Baltimore represents a generational changing of the guard for Maryland Republicans. Her win came after a bitterly fought internal struggle that played out in blogs and on Facebook.
The race pitted Scott, a 76-year-old pillar of Maryland Republican politics for decades, against a 37-year-old activist with experience in national presidential campaigns. Ambrose defeated Scott by a vote of 286-247.
What is slightly humorous about this whole thing is the article was how this vote was supposedly a “changing of the guard” for the Republican Party. It was a line by Roscoe Bartlett’s wife in seconding Ambrose’s nomination stating we need to “move on from the past” and select Nicolee Ambrose instead of Audrey Scott that made a few of us chuckle since the same people supporting Ambrose to “move on from the past” were the same ones supporting the 85-year old Roscoe Bartlett for Congress during the last primary…just saying.
I was not as invested in either candidate as some were, but I voted for Audrey Scott and my support for her was mainly based on Nicolee’s support for Open Primaries. This question came up when each candidate attended our Central Committee meeting to lobby for votes. Audrey was opposed to open primaries while Nicolee refused to answer the question when I asked it. I looked into later and found out she was in favor of them, hence my vote for Audrey.
By the way, the National Committeeman elected by the exact same body, Louis Pope, has been around for quite a while, defeating another upstart.
On a positive note, our home county of Howard was selected as County of the Year.
Also good news for our home county is we had two out of the twenty delegates/alternate delegates selected coming from Howard County as well as the previously mentioned National Committeeman is from Howard County. In all, a good day for Howard County….
Still try to get over the loss by the Capitals however….