Foley Trashs Park With Signs After Marks Holds Cleanup

Foley’s sign was placed illegally at Indian Rock Park in Perry Hall
Illegal political signs were found at Indian Rock Park near Perry Hall High School. Those signs belong to Democratic 5th District Council County nominee Alex Foley.

The irony is that Indian Rock Park is the same location where his opponent Republican Councilman David Marks held a community clean up two weeks earlier. Marks pointed out that all his signs are on private property with permission of the property owner and that Foley’s signs are being placed illegally.

“My opponent must not care about public parks,” Marks said. “Two weeks ago, I organized about a dozen volunteers who ventured into swampy grass to clean up Indian Rock Park. Today, my opponent has littered that same park will illegal signs.”

Foley has run a bare bones campaign. He has rejected all invitations to debate Marks in candidate forums. The highlight of his campaign was making a video driving around in a car and he sign waved for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous on Monday. Foley signs have also been spotted outside of the 5th District.

“I understand that my opponent has skipped community forums and may not know Perry Hall very well, but I had hoped he might respect a clearly-identified public park. When will he be cleaning it up?” Marks asked.

Redmer Picks up Baltimore County Police & Fire Unions Endorsement


Republican Al Redmer picked up two huge endorsements as the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4 and the Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Association announced that they were endorsing the GOP candidate for Baltimore County Executive.

“IAFF 1311 is proud to support Al Redmer for Baltimore County Executive, and our members are confident that he is the right candidate not only for the men and women of the fire service, but for all Baltimore County residents,” Michael Day said from the firefighters union. “We look forward to working with Mr. Redmer over the next four years to improve working conditions for our fire fighters and make sure they have the resources they need to serve the people of Baltimore County.”

Cole Weston of the police union also said his union is proud to support Redmer.

“Al Redmer is the only candidate who truly understands the challenges that our law enforcement officers face on a daily basis, and FOP Lodge #4 is proud to support him in his race to become the next Baltimore County Executive,” Weston explained.

“We’re confident that under a Redmer administration, Baltimore County will be a safer place to live and work, which will benefit all of our residents and communities.”

This is in addition to Redmer receiving the Baltimore County sheriff’s deputies (Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25) endorsement over the summer.

“I could not be more proud to have the support of these fine unions and the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every single day in service to our communities and the people of Baltimore County,” Redmer said in a statement.

“Throughout our campaign, I have consistently spoken of the failure of Baltimore County to adequately fund our most basic needs, and the fire and police departments have often been direct victims of that. For too long, these men and women have not had the support that they should from local government. As County Executive, I will make sure that the men and women who protect and serve our communities have the support and resources they need to do their jobs. They undoubtedly deserve it, and under a Redmer administration, they are going to get it.”

There was a time when all of the union endorsements went to Democratic candidates but there has been a shift, especially with police and firefighters.

His Democratic opponent John Olszewski, Jr. has been endorsed by the Teachers of Baltimore County (TABCO) and by multiple labor unions, but police unions have endorsed many GOP candidates during this election. It was really no surprise when Maryland Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) voted to unanimously endorse Republican Gov. Larry Hogan over his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous. Many believe that Jealous and his anti-police rhetoric made it an easy endorsement of Hogan.

The Maryland FOP also endorsed Republican Attorney General nominee Craig Wolf over Democratic Attorney Gen. Brian Frosh.

For decades, police unions have favored Democratic candidates over Republican candidates. That is starting to change here in Maryland.

Republican Bill Paulshock is Supporting Democrat Eric Bromwell

An Eric Bromwell sign can be found at Bill’s Seafood
Former 7th District Republican candidate Bill Paulshock was spotted with a Democratic Del. Eric Bromwell re-election sign on the lawn of his Bill’s Seafood business on Belair Road in Perry Hall.

Paulshock ran for the County Council in 2010 and for the 8th District House of Delegates in 2014 as a Democrat. He surprised many people when he decided to run for the 7th District House of Delegates as a Republican.

“While I was door knocking, a great question was asked of me. Was I ever a democrat? Yes, in 2014 I ran [as a Democrat]. When I was asked by Governor Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot to stand side by side with them in Annapolis while they introduced an important bill, then again in Ocean City Maryland, when he announced the bill into law. That day everything changed. In supporting one of the most common sense bills that would bring $100 million back into the Maryland’s economy without raising a single tax,” Paulshock explained in a statement in April. “I said then that I will support and help Hogan and the Republican Party any way I could. I am proud to be a Republican.”

Many critics of his party switch stated that Paulshock only ran as a Republican because a Democrat could not win in District 7. Del. Kathy Szeliga, GOP Minority Whip and a delegate in the 7th District, was very critical of Paulshock running as a Republican. She even sent out a mailer attacking his switch.

“Who is politician Bill Paulshock pretending to be now?” said the Szeliga mailer during the primary season.

After coming up short in the primary, Paulshock is looking to the General Election and he told me he does indeed support Bromwell. I asked him if he is concerned about the backlash that he might receive from the Republican Party. Paulshock responded that he is a “middle of the road Republican”. He added that he is supporting Bromwell because he believes friendship is more important than politics.

“I am proud to say Eric Bromwell is my friend and yes the Bromwell family is like family to my whole family. I am proud to call Eric my friend,” Paulshock said in an email.

“So if you want to print Bill Paulshock is Eric Bromwell’s good friend I will be proud it say that. He has help this community and small business greatly over the years.”

I have talked to a few other Republicans and they are obviously frustrated with Paulshock’s decision to support Bromwell. Especially when the GOP team of Joe Boteler, Cluster and Norman are in a critical battle ground race against Bromwell in the 8th District.

It is very disappointing.

GOP Counters Klausmeier and Democrats With Own Mailer


As expected, The Maryland Republican Party sent out its own mailer to District 8 Voters to counter Sen. Kathy Klausmeier and the Democrats claim of working with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The mailer pointed out Klausmeier’s vote for the Rain Tax and her vote to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto for the “Backroom Bill” which takes away school construction funding authority from the Governor.
The mailer also correctly stated that Hogan endorsed Miele and not Klausmeier.

The Title of the Mailer: “Kathy Klausmeier joins Democratic Party Bosses to fight Gov. Hogan nearly every day”.

This mailer explained everything that GOP challenger Del. Christian Miele criticized Klausmeier on social media and in an East County Times article last week.
However; it was important for Miele and the MD GOP to send out a responding mailer because not every voter goes on social media or reads the local paper.

I’m sure Miele’s team has the same mailing list as Klausmeier so everyone that received her mailer probably received his mailer too.

Only six weeks until Election Night.

New Goucher Poll Has Hogan Up Big; Wolf and Campbell Down Big

A new poll shows Gov. Hogan up by 22 points
A new Goucher poll shows Gov. Larry Hogan with a 22-point lead over Democratic challenger Ben Jealous. The Republican governor has 54 percent compared to Jealous’ 34 percent. Green party nominee Ian Schlakman and Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn both have one percent of the vote. Only nine percent are undecided with less than seven weeks until Election Day. This poll result is not a shocker with Hogan’s popularity and with Jealous’ inexperience and blunders.

The poll also reveals that Democratic Attorney Gen. Brian Frosh has a commanding 58 to 26 percent lead over Republican Craig Wolf, with 12 percent undecided. I am very disappointed to hear that result. With Wolf running a strong campaign, having the endorsement of Hogan and the unpopularity of Frosh; I thought Wolf would be in striking distance of Frosh. If Wolf was only down 10 to 15 points, then he could make a run in the final weeks. I am afraid that 32 points might be too insurmountable for Wolf.

In addition to the Governor and Attorney General races, the poll was conducted for the U.S. Senate race here in Maryland. Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin was shown with a 56 to 17 percent lead over Republican Tony Campbell. Independent candidate Neal Simon was listed with eight percent of the vote. There were 14 percent undecided and the Libertarian candidate Arvin Vohra was recorded with one percent of the vote.

If you add up Campbell and Simon’s numbers it would show Cardin winning 56 to 25, which is almost identical to Frosh beating Wolf 58 to 26. So the GOP’s fear of Simon cutting into Campbell’s votes are true, but this splitting of the vote would be more significant if Cardin had numbers around 36, Campbell had 27 and Simon had 18 percent.

The biggest takeaway from the Senate and Attorney General races is that Hogan’s coattails are not transferring over in these races. Especially for Craig Wolf who has been spending and raising money. I am hoping that GOP candidates in the state Senate and House of Delegate races have better luck benefiting from those Hogan coattails.

Thanks to Goucher College for conducting the poll. By the way, when will a Baltimore County Executive race poll be conducted?

Miele Campaign Criticizes Klausmeier over Hogan Mailer


Some residents across the 8th District received a mailer (pictured) sent out by Sen. Kathy Klausmeier that appeared to imply that she was endorsed by Gov. Larry Hogan. The mailer stated “Kathy Klausmeier is Working With Governor Hogan For a Better Baltimore County ” This is similar to the mailer that I received back in the summer that showed a picture of Klausmeier and Hogan, but her Republican challenger Del. Christian Miele and his team claim this mailer went a step further and gave the appearance that Hogan is a Klausmeier supporter.

“This is the problem with career politicians; they will say just about anything to get elected,” Miele said in a statement.
Miele also posted pictured of Hogan and himself and posted the video where Hogan endorsed him at his kickoff event in 2017.

“[The Klausmeier mailed suggested] that she has worked closely with and is being supported by Governor Larry Hogan. Specifically, she boasts about repealing the very taxes that she voted to create, including the Rain Tax and 41 other O’Malley tax and fee increases.”

As I mentioned in my earlier post about Klausmeier, many of the Democrats are trying not to be tied to their gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous. The only way to do that is to show partisanship by claiming that you are willing to work with Hogan, but Democrats can only go so far.

Miele is endorsed by Hogan and Miele also pointed out many times where Klausmeier went against the Governor. The mailer also tries to make Klausmeier look independent from the Democratic establishment, but Miele explained that is far from the truth.

“This mailer was paid for by the same party bosses that she claims to have stood up to! How do we know this? Look at the legal authority line: “By Authority: Maryland Democratic Senate Caucus Committee,” a committee controlled by Senate President Mike Miller, the chief party boss in Annapolis,” Miele explained. “Are voters really supposed to believe that the party bosses are supporting someone who has opposed them politically? Unbelievable!”

In my opinion, it appears that Klausmeier is worried about Miele and she should be worried. There was an early poll last year where Klausmeier was beating Miele in a head-to-head matchup. However; when it was made known by the pollster that Hogan endorsed Miele, the race was closer. To his credit, Miele went out a placed signs in District 8 with his picture with Hogan’s to inform that he is being endorsed by the Governor.

It appears that hard work and strategy is now paying off for Miele.

Lack of AC Becoming an Issue Again in Baltimore County

We remember the air conditioning controversy during 2016 when Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot wanted to give non-AC Baltimore County schools funding to install single classroom AC units until central air projects were completely in those schools. At the time, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz refused the plan calling for portable units and called it a waste of taxpayers’ money.

The late county executive’s plan called for an accelerated schedule to get all 20 non-AC schools climate control by 2021.

The heat in September 2017 was not as excessive as September 2016 and none of the non-AC schools had to close.

That has not been the case the first two days into the school year. Even a later start after Labor Day could not prevent a heat wave. Now there are only 10 schools that are part of the closure but many argue that is still 10 too many.

In Dundalk, there are three non-AC elementary schools that are being rebuilt but those students will suffer in the meantime at their old schools. With the closures, many are pointing the blame to the Kamenetz/ Don Mohler Administration.

“The status quo in Baltimore County has failed our students. It’s time to move in a new direction,” GOP County Executive candidate Al Redmer said in a statement about the schools closing.
Hogan also criticized both Baltimore City and County for still having to close schools for lack of climate control.

“It is completely unacceptable that some schools in the same two jurisdictions are back in this same position this year, starting the school year with no air conditioning when we have been pushing them to fix it for years,” Hogan told the Baltimore Sun.

Air Conditioning in Baltimore County Public Schools was not supposed to be a campaign issue, but then the temperature decided to soar into the high 90s after Labor Day.

Baltimore County GOP Responds After Democratic Attack

It’s not even Labor Day and the first official local shot has been fired between the Democrats and Republicans for the November election.

Colleen Ebacher, who is challenging 3rd District Councilman Wade Kach, took a photo from 8th District Senate candidate Christian Miele’s event from last Tuesday night.

The photo featured Gov. Larry Hogan, GOP County Executive nominee Al Redmer, Councilman David Marks, Miele, Del. Joe Cluster, Delegate candidate Joe Norman, County Council candidate Ryan Nawrocki and former Delegate John Cluster. Ebacher used the photo for an online ad where she stated “Its 2018 not 1958. It’s time for political leadership that looks like Baltimore County.”

The Baltimore County Republican Club responded with a social media response that featured some of its candidates that feature women and minorities.

“Today, a partisan Democrat running for the Baltimore County Council attacked our Republican team. Here’s a look at some of candidates running for our Baltimore County Republican Party–men and women of many backgrounds,” said the statement from the BCGOP.

“We agree that it’s not 1958 in Baltimore County, when one party ruled local government. We need all types of diversity in Baltimore County, and that includes the robust debate that comes from two strong political parties. Let’s not go back.”

Some of the pictured candidates included Del. Kathy Szelgia, Houses candidates Laura Aiken and Melanie Harris, Congressional candidate Liz Matory, Council candidate Mike Lee and Clerk of the Circuit Court candidate Deb Hill.

The irony is that Kach was mentioned in the photo as “not pictured” because this event was not in his district. So basically Ebacher took an indirect shot at Kach by criticizing members of another district. That is the best she can do?

FOP Endorses Hogan and Wolf

Gov. Larry Hogan announced on his website today that the Maryland Fraternal Order Of Police (FOP) voted to unanimously endorse his re-election bid.

While it should not be a big deal and appears to be a common sense move by the FOP, this is an official endorsement that is a little surprising and refreshing. Many labor unions always appear to endorse the Democrats, although you can usually find many workers that are upset with their union’s choices.

Four years ago, the FOP endorsed Democrat Anthony Brown and now selected a Republican Governor.
Democratic nominee Ben Jealous’ rhetoric about wanting to give more criminal rights does not sound friendly to our hard working men and women in law enforcement. I am glad that the vote was unanimously.

The shocker was the endorsement of GOP Attorney General nominee Craig Wolf. The FOP endorsed Attorney General Brian Frosh in 2014 but this time they are going with Wolf. I could not find an explanation why the FOP selected Wolf over Frosh. However; it does not look good when the incumbent AG that they endorsed four years, is not receiving their endorsement again.

Craig Wolf has real shot to be Maryland’s next AG.

Can Hogan’s Poll Numbers Create a Drive for Ten in MD Senate?

We all know about the Drive for Five where Republicans are trying to pick up five seats in the Maryland Senate to prevent Democrats from overriding Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of bad bills.

Now that the latest Gonzales Research poll shows Hogan with a 52 percent to 36 percent lead over Democrat Ben Jealous, why not Drive for Ten for the Win? If the GOP can pick up 10 seats in November, they will take over the Senate. This might have seemed like a “pie in the sky” dream a few years (even a few months ago), but it is an outside possibility.

First, Hogan won many districts in 2014 that are occupied by Democratic senators and that margin is on pace to increase with this matchup against Jealous.

Another factor is that many of the moderate Democratic senators either retired or lost in the primary in those moderate districts and many of those Democratic nominees are more liberal.

Here is an overall chart of all 47 senate races and a list below of the Drive for Five races followed by five more races that could give the Maryland GOP a majority in the Senate. They are listed in the order where I believe each GOP candidate has the best chance to win.

Solid RLikely RLeaning RToss UpLeaning DLikely DSolid D
Edwards 1-RSalling 6-ROpen 30-D (George -R)Young 3-DOpen 12-D (Lam-D)Kelly-10-DZirkin 11-D
Serafini 2-RBates 9-ROpen 42-D (West-R)Klausmeier 8-DZucker 14-DGuzzone 13-DLee 16-D
Hough 4-RWaugh 29-R (Bailey)Mathias 38-DFeldman 15-DKegan 17-DOpen 18-D (Waldstreicher-D)
Ready 5-RCassilly 34-RMiddleton 28-D (Ellis-D)Open 19-D (Kramer-D)Smith 20-D
Jennings 7-RHershey 36-RMiller 27-DRosapepe 21-D
Simonaire 31-REckardt 37-RFerguson 46-DPinsky 22-D
Reilly 33-RPeters 23-D
Open 35-R (Gallion-R)Benson 24-D
Open 25-D (Griffith-D)
Open 26-D (Patterson-D)
King 39-D
Robinson 40-D (Hayes)
Open 41-D (Carter-D)
Conway 43-D (Washington)
Nathan-Pulliam 44-D
McFadden 45-D (McCray)
Open 47-D (Augustine-D)

Leaning Republican

Chris West District 42
Chris West is going after Jim Brochin’s old seat in the senate in Northern Baltimore County West finds himself in a great position in a moderate district. I believe West has the best chance of all the Republican candidates to flip a blue senate seat red.

Ron George District 30
Ron George is not too far behind West as I believe he has the second-best chance to flip a Democratic seat. Sen. John Astle is not running for re-election and George appears to be miles ahead of the Democratic nominee. Since District 30 is Speaker Michael Busch’s home district, this might be a little harder for George to win compared to West, but not by much.

Toss Up

Craig Giangrande District 3
Frederick businessmen Craig Giangrande has nearly $100,000 in the bank as he is challenging Democratic Sen. Ron Young. In 2014, Young won his race by 500 votes. Since District 3 is a close race, with Giangrande’s money and Young’s poor voting record, Giangrande is the Republican most likely to knock off an incumbent.

Marybeth Carozza District 38
Marybeth Carozza is a Delegate in District 38C and is challenging Democratic Sen. James Mathias. Carozza is in good shape as this lower Eastern Shore District is now heavily Republican after Donald Trump dominated the District in 2016. The bad news is that Mathias is the former mayor of Ocean City and has been a well-respected politician the past few decades. Although a photo with Mathias and Democrat Ben Jealous is hurting that reputation.

Christian Miele District 8
Of all the toss up races, Christian Miele might have the toughest battle. Democratic Sen. Kathy Klausmeier has been an elected official since 1995 and District 8 is more moderate as Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by a few points in 2016. The good news for Miele is that Larry Hogan beat Anthony Brown almost 2 to 1 in 2014. That number is expected to increase against Jealous and many voters are tired of career politicians such as Klausmeier.

Leaning Democrat

John Grasso District 32
Anne Arundel Councilman John Grasso is challenging Del. Pam Beidle for the open senate in District 32 as Democratic Sen. James Ed DeGrange did not run for re-election. Beidle is a liberal Democrat in a moderate District. Since Grasso is a current councilman, his experience should help him in this race. I have District 32 as Leaning Democrat for the simple reason that there are no elected Republicans in District 32 House of Delegates, but Grasso can win this race.

Bill Dotson District 28
When Arthur Ellis upset Sen. Mac Middleton in the Democratic primary, the Republicans scrambled to nominate Bill Dotson via the local central committee. John Leonard won the GOP nomination in District 28, but the Republicans asked Leonard to step aside to give Dotson the opportunity. Dotson had more money in the bank in June and I guess the GOP believes Dotson has a chance to win this race.

Joe Hooe District 12
Joe Hooe has unsuccessfully run for the House of Delegates in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and his June report showed him with under $2,000 in the bank. If Hooe can raise some money, he has a chance to take retiring Democratic Sen. Ed Kasemeyer’s seat away from Democrat Clarence Lam and Hooe should also benefit from a strong District 12 Republicans ticket as Republicans have an excellent chance to take a few Democratic House of Delegates seats in that District.

David Wilson District 15
This is where the GOP is starting to run out of gas to get to 10. David Wilson has just under $10,000 in the bank reported around June. That is enough to run a formidable campaign, but he could use a lot more. Wilson did not catch a break as he is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Brian Feldman in Montgomery County, but this is a very moderate district for Montgomery County standards. Feldman just received over 60 percent of the vote in 2014 and that number could go down as Larry Hogan has a chance to win this District over Jealous. Wilson could benefit and pull this off.

Robert Dronz District 14
Looking at the 2014 Election results, I believe that District 14 could be more winnable for the GOP over District 15. The GOP Senate nominee received over 42 percent of the vote in 2014 but Dronz has only raised less than $500 as of June compared to Wilson’s $9,000 in District 15. It will not be easy for Dronz to upset Democratic Sen. Craig Zucker, but this Montgomery County district is not as liberal as other parts of Montgomery County. I believe that Hogan won this district in 2014 and he should win by a wider margin in 2018. Dronz is probably guaranteed 40 percent of the vote. If he can get out there, work hard and raise some money, Dronz has a chance to upset Zucker.

So that is how I see some of these Senate race as of Aug. 20. What do you think? Email me at benjaminjboehl@gmail.com