Maryland: The Land that TEA Forgot?/A Monoblogue Post

I actually sent this in to PJM early this but they decided not to run it for whatever reason. Maybe it’s a little bit off-message, or perhaps we are a true backwater of conservative politics.

Last year in Virginia and New Jersey, the first successes of the TEA Party movement swept unabashed fiscal conservatives Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie into office.

Similarly in Pennsylvania, the latest polls show Republicans with wide leads in statewide races for governor and U.S. Senate. Next door in West Virginia, a Republican has a good chance of taking over the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat stalwart Robert Byrd.

Even where the polls aren’t as friendly, such as Delaware, they garnered national attention when a TEA Party-backed upstart in Christine O’Donnell upended longtime moderate Republican Congressman Mike Castle in the September 14 primary. O’Donnell made her final push to victory after getting financial backing from the TEA Party Express and the endorsement of Sarah Palin.

Yet as all that political turmoil roils states which border Maryland, TEA Party activists there bemoan the fact that they’ve been bypassed by the excitement.

Sarah Palin’s endorsement of TEA Party favorite Brian Murphy did little to help his campaign for governor as he was spanked by a nearly 50 point margin in the September 14 primary. While Delaware voters turned their political world upside down by going against the state’s establishment Republicans and selecting O’Donnell, Maryland’s state GOP apparatus placed their support behind former governor Bob Ehrlich almost immediately after he formally announced he would seek the office again. The move angered conservative activists but more mainline Republicans bought the argument that only Ehrlich could unseat current Governor Martin O’Malley – who defeated Ehrlich in 2006.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, Ehrlich trails in the latest Rasmussen Poll by 8 points, which is larger than his 2006 margin of defeat. A similar (and more recent) poll by Gonzales Research has Ehrlich down 5.

Of course there are bright spots for conservative activists in some portions of the state. Andy Harris is a TEA Party favorite who is giving freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil all he can handle in a spirited First District race that’s also a rematch, from 2008. Even more popular is the man challenging Steny Hoyer in the Fifth District, Charles Lollar. He’s a dynamic speaker who has excited crowds anywhere from a small campaign event to the 9-12 rally in Washington, D.C.

But for two TEA Party believers I spoke to, the lack of good choices on the Maryland ballot is disheartening.

Read about the Two Tea Party Patriots here.

Local Salisbury candidate outlines views and beliefs

In this time of American uncertainty, I would like to discuss my viewpoints for Wicomico County. I am a candidate for an at-large seat on the Wicomico County Council, but I am not a career politician or part of the establishment.

My viewpoints are:

# Principle over party

# Limited government

# Fiscal responsibility within the city, county and state

# Low taxes for everyone

# A common-sense government

# I am pro-business, for this is where citizens will find jobs

# I do not believe in a centralized police force

# I do believe in an elected school board

# I believe in more town hall meetings where people can voice their opinions and frustrations.

# I believe in private property rights for all, not just farm owners.

# I believe in the representation by elected officials, and not in those who become career politicians steering America towards a position which is contrary to that of the American people.

# I believe the answers to our problems come from the people and not from politicians, nor the government.

These are difficult times that we live in. If your decisions about our county reflect my own, I ask for your vote on Sept. 14 in the Republican primary.

Christopher D. Lewis

Brutally Honest: Interview with Chris Lewis

Learn more here.

Campaigning as usual bad for one businessman

Onetime TEA Party organizer and Wicomico County Council hopeful Chris Lewis is also a business owner. And while he’s not a complete stranger to the political process, recent events surrounding his downtown Salisbury deli have left a sour taste in his mouth.

It started last week when a representative of Andy Harris’s campaign contacted Lewis about stopping by his deli as part of a business tour through Salisbury’s downtown area. Last Monday the stop was called off, only to be re-added to the schedule the next day on one stipulation – Lewis, who supports Andy’s GOP opponent Rob Fisher, would have to take Fisher’s signage down.

“I had no problem with that,” said Chris. But just hours before the scheduled appearance to discuss economic issues with the businessman, Andy’s campaign backed off.

Oddly enough, incumbent Congressman Frank Kratovil had campaigned in downtown Salisbury days before with Mayor Jim Ireton. But Lewis’s deli was skipped as Kratovil was “picking and choosing” which businesses to enter.

That was an attitude Chris didn’t care for too much. “If they win, they’re still supposed to represent you,” he said. “If I want someone to act like a Democrat, I’ll vote for the Democrat.”

Needless to say, the snub by Harris didn’t sit well. There’s “no way I can support (Harris),” said Lewis. His staff “made a bad call” by canceling the appearance and playing politics.

Lewis, who reluctantly registered as a Republican after years of being independent – including a 1998 County Council run as an unaffiliated candidate – in order to facilitate ballot access, is running for one of the two at-large seats on the Wicomico County Council. He’ll need to survive the September 14 primary against two other opponents to advance.

Read more here.

Sharptown/MD American Legion Candidate Meet and Greet

SHARPTOWN AMERICAN LEGION MEET AND GREET

LOCATED AT 204 STATE STREET IN SHARPTOWN
**VERY MUCH OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**

AUGUST 29TH FROM 2-4PM

FOR THE PEOPLE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS OF CANDIDATES DIRECTLY. NO PREPARED SPEECHES WILL BE GIVEN.

SOME OF THE CANDIDATES INVITED:
-CHRIS LEWIS
-BRIAN MURPHY
-ROB FISHER
-ANDY HARRIS
-BOB CULVER
-MATT HOLLOWAY
-RICHARD COLBURN
-STEVIE PRETTYMAN
-JOHN BAKER
-MIKE BREWINGTON
-ED TAYLOR
-RUDY CANE
-MIKE CALPINO
-DUSTIN MILLS

THIS EVENT IS PLANNED BY CHRIS LEWIS FOR WICOMICO COUNTY COUNCIL AT LARGE.

By authority of Ralph Cordrey, Treasurer

**Bringing accountability, accessibility, responsibility and representation back to local government.**

Right Coast Job Inteveiw: Chris Lewis Wicomico County At Large

Playing favorites?

Yesterday I detailed Thursday night’s NAACP forum and bemoaned the lack of participation by challengers. However, several different sources have chimed in to comment that these same candidates were unaware of the event.

It’s noteworthy to mention that, aside from the various Central Committee posts, there are 13 incumbents running for county office and I believe all but one was in attendance. (I honestly don’t recall seeing Karen Lemon, who is running unopposed for Register of Wills – but she may have been there.) On the other hand, only 8 of 16 challengers were there and none of them were what you would consider “Tea Party” candidates. (For the purpose of this discussion, these would be County Executive candidate John Wayne Baker, County Council at-large candidates Mike Brewington and Chris Lewis, and District 2 challenger Mike Calpino. In the group you have two Democrats, a Republican, and a Libertarian, so it’s not exclusionary by party.)

Allow me to contribute my two cents to the story. I only heard about the event because I peruse candidate calendars to create my weekly Election Calendar, and it was on Joe Ollinger’s website that I saw the note about the NAACP forum being held. In fact, my original mention of the event had it beginning at 6 p.m. and not 7:00 because there was no time listed and I was going from memory of similar forums in 2006.

I received my personal invitation from the e-mail account of Orville Penn (who was the moderator) on Monday last – it was sent late Sunday night. The addressee was NAACP Wicomico (a common tactic to verify the e-mail got out) and it was cc’d to 20 candidates, mostly Central Committee members but also aspirants for State’s Attorney, Judge of the Orphans’ Court, Register of Wills, Clerk of Courts, amd Sheriff. It also appears that Penn received the information from the Board of Elections website, so if a candidate did not list an e-mail he or she was skipped.

Read more here.

The Logic of Running For Wicomico County Council

I was not expecting to speak at the Bivalve fundraiser for Mike Calpino and Mike Brewington, however, they gave all candidates an opportunity to say a few words. It was rather warm so I kept it short and to the point.

This is what I had to say:

The Salisbury Tea Party was a great experience. It was great to see people from all different backgrounds and political parties come together as Americans. It was inspiring to see so many voice their concerns and the march on Washington was just unbelievable. However, many politicians, the media, and the establishment began and continue to attack regular Americans and mischaracterize what the Tea Party stands for. It has been rather disgusting to see the length some politicians and media personalities will got to keep their power over the people. The more politicians ignore the people, the more they talk down to us, the more obvious the answer has come to be.

It is time to retire the career politicians and elect representatives of the people. It is time regular Americans began to govern. The truth is the people who bring promise, prosperity and wealth to this country, not the politicians and certainly not government. The answer is the people, and their must be listened to. The best way at the moment for their voice to be heard, is through the ballot box this September and November.

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This is why I am running. The people, our children and future generations deserve much better than what we currently have in office. It is time to vote for representatives, not politicians.

Of course, I added a few things and paraphrased others. It was a nice event and a beginning for the grassroots movement for local candidates who not part of the establishment. The young guns are speaking and are here to rattle the establishment to their bones.

Chris Lewis for Wicomico County Council
At Large

http://christopherlewis.webs.com

Chris Lewis: Platform for Wicomico County Council At Large

Platform

My platform is pretty basic and it’s one you have been hearing from new Conservative candidates running for the first time all across the country. I believe the goals and mindset of all levels of government must be taken back to one of representation and service to the legal citizens of this great country.

Saying government is too big is an understatement. The public sector keeps growing while the private sector continues to shrink. So where is the money coming from to the pay the public sector salaries, especially when all levels of government are so reluctant to cut spending? Basically our bureaucracy is just too plain big and is mostly a good old boy network. We are top heavy with multiple people doing the same job and creating a huge redundancy. This is not true of all departments in Wicomico County. We need to evaluate them all individually and cut the wasteful spending of our tax dollars. Of course, the County Executive should have done this years ago. However, courage and politics rarely mix.

Even without the massive tax increases coming down the pike on January 1, 2011, we are already taxed too much at the state, federal and local levels. An easy way to create growth and prosperity is to lower taxes. I am confused why it is so hard for many politicians to understand the fact people want to keep the money they earn. Lower taxes allow small businesses to grow and to hire more people. Lower taxes also has a history of bringing in more tax money to the government. Raising taxes and fees ends up hurting everyone.

The basic concept is to take government out of the hands of politicians and put it back into the hands of the people of this county and this country. Instead of voting for the same people over again and things continuing to get worse, it is time to vote for the person who wants to make things better (note I did not say easier) and not an establishment politician.

Chris Lewis, Once Again, trying to Defy the Odds and Represent the People

In 1998, Chris Lewis ran for Wicomico County Council (District 1) after graduating from Salisbury University. instead of choosing a party, he stayed true to his roots and ran as unaffiliated. In order to do so, he had to collect signatures to even be able to get on the ballot. Defying the odds, he was able to collect more than enough signatures and got his name on the ballot. he ran against Ed Taylor that year. Unfortunately, he lost. However, valuable lessons were learned.

In 2009, Chris helped to organize the first Tea Party here in Salisbury, Maryland. That first Tea party was the first taste of politics for many here on the Eastern Shore. The power of the Tea Party was that it was made up of regular Americans who helped build this society and who help bring prosperity to Maryland and the country. Grassroots is just not a term pundits use, and yet, it is much more than just a movement. A Grassroots campaign is how he plans on winning, while keeping costs down. Chris Lewis believes in the revitalization of America, and where better to start than on the Wicomico County Council here on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Once again, Chris Lewis, is running for Wicomico County Council. This time he is running At Large as a Conservative Republican. The main reason he is not running as unaffiliated is time restraints. However, he remains a staunch conservative who believes in representation, not the establishment. He believes in principle over party.

How many people can say their lives are better now than they were 4 years ago? How much of that has to do with the federal government and how much has to do with local government? Will voting the same people in change things for the better? Have things like the local economy, government spending, and crime gotten worse while these elected officials have been in office?

It is time for government to once again represent the people, not pander to them for the sole purpose of getting votes.

By Authority of Ralph Cordrey, treasurer

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*We have learned the picture on the main page will be changed shortly to something more professional. Question, does a real working man’s candidate need a professional picture?

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