In three weeks, we may be seeing the beginnings of the TEA Party moving into its rightful place at the head of the Maryland political table. Yes, we have to wait until 2014 for the next statewide election but the process is moving in the right direction with a meeting of the minds coming up on Saturday, January 8th. Instead of being outside looking in (as they were at the recent GOP convention, where the picture is from) they are the organizers of the event – ironically set in the same locale of the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis.
Organizers believe it will be the catalyst for future gains.
“To our knowledge, nothing like this has been done before in Maryland,” said Ann Corcoran, Washington County blogger and one of the organizers. “We expect like-minded activists to share ideas and talents, forge alliances, sound the call for action, and give rise to conservative voices so that political competition can thrive in Maryland.”
Added Howard County activist Tonya Tiffany, “We’ll be talking about 2010 campaign lessons, precinct organization, voter fraud, media outreach, running for office as a citizen legislator, and federal pressures bearing down on the state of Maryland. We’re not forming another political ‘group’ (but) trying to network people.”
With a roster of speakers well-known to conservative activists statewide, this daylong event was set up to give TEA Party faithful and their allies around the state the opportunity to converse and plan a strategy for future political gains. The speakers include:
- Marta Mossburg, Maryland Public Policy Institute
- Claver Kamau-Imani, Raging Elephants
- Anita MonCrief, ACORN whistleblower and creator, Emerging Corruption.com
- Delegate Ron George
- Congressman Andy Harris
- Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins
- Delegate-elect Kathy Afzali
- Charles Lollar (2010 Congressional candidate)
- Robert Broadus (2010 Congressional candidate)
- Brian Murphy (2010 gubernatorial candidate)