Chairman Mooney Crushes Rebellion

smiegelThis past Saturday, instead of delivering a vote of no confidence to Alex Mooney or Reince Preibus, rather unexpectedly, the Maryland Republican party rebuked the Cecil County Republican Central Committee, Sen. E.J. Pipkin  and Del. Michael Smigiel instead.

This past November Cecil County voters elected their first ever County Executive, Tari Moore.  That she is a Republican should be a source of pride for Cecil Republicans.  However, Moore’s being a Republican has led Pipkin, Smigel  and County Chris Zeauskas to think that they now are entitled to play the role of “Boss Tweed” of Tammany Hall  and dictate appointments to the County government. Moore outflanked them last week with a slick legal maneuver to switch party registration to independent.

At the convention, Resolutions committee Chair Andi  Morony (a Smigiel flunky and long-time Audrey Scott hack) offered a resolution not just condemning Moore, but demanding she resign an office she had not even been sworn into yet. Despite a one-sided presentation, the party convention saw through the Pipkin-Smigiel  power grab and turned the big fat bullies down flat.  The resolution was tabled.

Congressman Andy Harris has publicly said he would welcome Harris back to the party and expects that she will return soon. Moore need not worry about returning to the Republican Party and a future Republican primary.  Moore has already beaten “Boss” Zeauskas  once in the 2010 primary, and then won the 2012 primary for County Executive.  In short, Cecil pipkinRepublicans have already rejected the  Pipkin -Semigel-Zeauskas combination.

Baltimore County Chairman John Fiastro Jr. didn’t fare much better at the convention.  Having only just been elected in the past few weeks as the County’s Party Chairman, he decided to begin his tenure by taking on RNC Chairman Reince Prebius with a no confidence resolution.

It doesn’t get much dumber than that, since Preibus already has the votes to win..  This also serves as an explanation as to why in 2010 the voters in Legislative District 42 opted to elect  two Republicans, Susan Aumann  and Bill Frank, but passed on electing Fiastro.

But then, give Fiastro some credit.  He at least got his resolution on the floor, even if it was turned down.  Brian Griffith’s kamikaze attack on Alex Mooney crashed before it even took off. No doubt he will be reminded of his harsh comments about volunteering out of state when he tries to run for national YR office.  One suspects that Brian’s chances of ever following in Nicolee Ambrose’s heels are slim and none.


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One response to “Chairman Mooney Crushes Rebellion

  • S.Wells-Burke

    Just a few notable corrections to your latest blog post:
    1. Resolutions committee Chair Andi Morony WAS NOT the individual who offered a resolution condemning Moore. It was Chris Zeauskas’ resolution that Andi, performing her duty as resolution committee chair, read for the committee.
    2. Congressman Andy Harris has publicly said he would welcome Harris (I think you mean Moore) back to the party and expects that she will return soon.

    Moving on to the
    In regards to the Preibus Resolution: I think you missed the point of the resolution – it was less about removing someone who is likely to win and more about raising the issues that he has failed the Party. Applying your logic that it “couldn’t get any dumber” to oppose the inevitable. Should we not urge GOP elected officials to cast “Nay” votes on tax increases in the MD General Assembly (Since it is inevitable that the Dems in Annapolis will push through whatever agenda they want)? Further, should we not support GOP candidates whose chances of winning are slim to none? Hey, whether you think it is dumb or not at least someone in the party has the ‘wherewithal’ to make a statement and be active….

    p.s. You’re right a liberal Democratic Delegate in District 42 is MUCH better than Republican John Fiastro Jr…

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