This 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 Republicans 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.