Perhaps the most contested State Senate race this year is the one on the Eastern Shore pitting, who I believe to be, the most outspoken and effective Conservative Libertarian Republican, other than myself (no brag just fact), in the Maryland legislature against the only Democrat Senator on the Eastern Shore. Delegate Mike McDermott, R 38th District has shown he is very intelligent and a gifted orator who has the guts to stand up for what he believes and to fight for it in the very unfavorable environment of Annapolis, Maryland.
The sitting Senator is Sen. James Mathias. Senator Mathias has voted with the progressive majority numerous times and thus should be an easy target for defeat in the conservative 38th District.
With only a dozen Republican Senators in office currently, you would think that the Republican Party and the Republican Senators would be working overtime to help a true Republican leader like Delegate McDermott to defeat Senator Mathias. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
The Senate President, Senator Mike Miller, has made the re-election of Mathias a priority and thus will pour six figures into the race. Yet, the Republican Party has offered little to no help for Delegate McDermott in this important State Senate race.
The loss of Delegate McDermott is going to be devastating to the Maryland House of Delegates, the loss of McDermott to the Legislature without a full on fight would be inexcusable.
The Republican Party found it possible just two years ago to support three Republicans running for local county council seats to the tune of $40,000 in a Cecil County race! Now in a pivotal State Senate Race they can not offer the same support? Correct that, they can not offer any support? Even if the party claims financial inability, where are the dollars from Congressman Harris who two years ago gave $40,000 to the party to help those local candidates? Where is the help from the State Senators who have no challengers in their races but have tens of thousands of dollars in their war chests?
Republican State Senators have been told by the Democrat Senate President, “If you get in the McDermott v. Mathias race, you will be punished”. So Republican Senators with the ability and the desire to help are not helping because of a concern over their own political comfort. Shame on any Senator in a position to help who fails to help out of fear they may be punished by the Democrat Senate President.
I call it Political cowardice to kowtow to the Democrat leadership on the decision of whom the Republicans should support for election to State wide office.
The Party and individual members of the Senate need to stand up to Democrat leadership and show they will not be intimidated into allowing the Democrat leadership to keep the growth of the Republican party stifled. Rhetoric about freedom and liberty rings hollow when you fail to stand up to tyranny when confronted with it in government. Republican Senators need to stand up and be counted. If you have no opponent and have tens of thousands of dollars in the bank you need to donate to and assist in every way possible in elected fellow Republicans. If you are threatened with loss of your committee seat or any other punishment by the Senate President, then make it public and double your efforts on behalf of the Republican candidate.
The Republican Party also needs to double its efforts to help Delegate McDermott and other candidates for the State Legislature or Maryland will continue to be a one party State years to come.
Watch here, in the next few days, where I will cover a few of the close Delegate races where the Republican leadership are failing to help Republican candidates.