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Candidates of now, future speak at Washington County Republican picnic

August 22, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Ad Fulton of Boonsboro, left, and Rob Cochran, center, Washington County coordinator for U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Bongino, right, talk with attendees at the annual Washington County Republican Club picnic Wednesday at the North American Rod and Gun Club in Hagerstown.
By Colleen McGrath

Washington County Republicans got a sample of two elections on Wednesday — this year’sU.S. Senate race and the 2014 Maryland governor’s race.

The guest speakers at their annual picnic were Daniel Bongino, who is trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen.Benjamin L. Cardin, and Blaine R. Young, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in two years.

The Washington County Republican Club picnicked this year at the North American Rod & Gun Club near Hagerstown. The menu included hot dogs and hamburgers off the grill and freshly cooked corn.

For dessert, they shared three sheet cakes, each with a different message. One said “Romney,” for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; the second said “Ryan,” for Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan; and the third said “Republican Victory 2012.”

Ray Givens, chairman of the Washington County Republican Central Committee, said about 165 people had shown as of dinner time.

Young, president of the Frederick County Commissioners, rallied the crowd first with promises of GOP success in the next election, including a victory by incumbent U.S. Rep.Roscoe G. Bartlett in the 6th District.

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“So we can say, sorry, Martin O’Malley, you can’t steal our seat,” Young said, referring to the Democratically controlled redistricting process that shifted the enrollment balance in the 6th District from Republican to Democrat.

“You can do some research on this guy John Delaney,” Young said of Bartlett’s Democratic opponent in the fall election. “I don’t know how in the world the Democrats in this area can criticize Mitt Romney for being successful, making money and what he pays in taxes, which is a lot, but turn a blind eye to John Delaney. It just baffles me.”

Bongino told the crowd that the Democratic establishment ideal of a “shared prosperity” is flawed.

“The prosperity they’re talking about sharing is yours,” he said. “It’s not theirs. It was never theirs.”

Recalling his childhood in a poor family, eating bologna and Cheerios for dinner, Bongino lashed out at the idea of “a multimillionaire lecturing me on what my fair share is.”

The nation’s health care debate isn’t actually about health care, Bongino said. It’s really about bureaucrats trying to dictate how the public spends its money.

Bongino finished with comments on education and how necessary it is to support an economy of value-added products, such as the iPod, a successful idea that’s more than the sum of its parts.

“There are folks in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County and certain areas of Western Maryland, who are in poor public schools, who will have no shot to produce that idea. None,” Bongino said. “It’s the civil rights issue of our day.”

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