Earlier this week, former Baltimore County Republican Chairman Chris Cavey offered his “Show Me the Money” plan for the Maryland Republican Party. (see http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5505)
This is the same Chris Cavey who was defeated in 2010 as the Baltimore County Republican Chairman by the former head of Republicans for Obama. However, in doing so County Republicans avoided being tarred by Cavey’s participation in the Ehrlich 2010 Election Day antics.
According an indictment filed by the State Prosecutor of various Ehrlich campaign aides, Cavey was in the infamous Ehrlich campaign “war room” at the Westin Hotel as the Director of Field Operations, at which Ehrlich aides hatched their “Relax” robocall. (see http://www.ospmd.org p 7, para 13.) The call resulted in the criminal conviction of Paul Schurick and Julius Hanson for sending over 100,000 to African-American voters the following phone message:
“Hello, I calling to let everybody know that governor O’Malley and President Obama have been successful. Our goals have been met. The polls are correct, and we took it back. We’re okay. Everything is fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight.
Congratulations, and thank you.”
Politics does not any sleazier than this. In fact another prosecutor could easily have swept Cavey in with an indictment as a co-conspirator with Schurick and Henson. So it is in this context that Chris Cavey offers his personal “to do list” for Maryland
1. Pay the Maryland Republican Chairman a salary.
2. Let non-Republicans vote in the Republican primary
3. Require candidates to collect “petition signatures” to get ballot access
4. Let Central Committees endorse candidates
5. Move away from incumbent endorsement,
6. Be a business- “it will breed success and “spawn additional investors.”
Every single point on his plan involves rewarding handful of party insiders, the Chris Cavey’s, Lawrence Scott’s and Kevin Igoe’s, with more power to determine who can and cannot run for office as a Republican. And more importantly for them, reward them with jobs, consulting contracts and more money.
Everybody under the Cavey plan would need to hire the political consultants to get petition signatures or to get their Central Committee’s endorsement. Principled Conservatives would especially be more vulnerable given the “Open” primary suggestion, since these are intended to further weaken conservatives. Under Cavey’s “Move away for incumbent endorsement” platform plank, Republican legislators will need to staff up with Central Committee Chairmen like Cavey was in order to be prepared to avoid primary fights.
Maybe this goes to show why in 2009 Audrey Scott seemed the proverbial “knight on a white horse” compared to wannabe State Chairman Chris Cavey. We are lucky the party never decided to “Show Cavey the Money.”