Skip to comments.Anti-War Republican Loses Primary in Md. (MD GOP Tosses Out A RINO)
Posted on 02/12/2008 9:58:27 PM PST by icwhatudo
(With all the upheaval around here lately- I put this in breaking to give everyone a shot of good news...and it is breaking btw)
CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - A nine-term Republican congressman critical of the Iraq war has been defeated by a well-funded state senator in Maryland's primary.
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest was narrowly defeated Tuesday by state Sen. Andy Harris.
Gilchrest voted to go to war in Iraq but later said he regretted the decision. A year ago, he was one of two Republicans in Congress to vote for a withdrawal timeline.
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Until recently Maryland was divided 4/4 in its congressional representation until the dems redistricted (gerrymandered) Republicans into two main congressional districts. This pretty much guarantees republican wins for these two congressional seats but the problem is that one of these seats was held by a "RINO"-Wayne Gilchrest.
Gilcrest voted with Nancy Pelosi more than any other (r)epublican in congress. He is the poster boy for the word RINO. The way he stayed in power for so long is that he is a veteran who is great on farm/bay issues. The district includes all of Maryland's Eastern Shore which is farm and Chesapeake Bay country.
When the dems gerrymandered the district to include more republicans, (thus emptying two other districts of republicans to ensure a dem pick up of 2 seats), they added large numbers of "western shore" republicans in Baltimore's northern suburbs and areas near the states capital in Annapolis.
This opened up the chance for Conservative Republican State Senator Andy Harris to challenge the (r)epublican incumbent Gilcrest. Harris had the support of the former republican governor Bob Ehrlich and every republican state senator except E.J. Pipkin who declared for the race on the last possible day potentially splitting the conservative vote.
House of Representatives - District 1
U.S. House - District 1 - GOP Primary
Maryland - 216 of 277 Precincts Reporting - 78%
*Harris , Andy GOP 20,792 41%
Gilchrest , Wayne (i) GOP 17,660 35%
Pipkin , E.J. GOP 10,998 22%
Arminio , Joe GOP 857 2%
Banks , Robert GOP 771 2%
Any results form District 3?
...positive news, Gilchrest was among the very few combat veterans who support using the military to normalize homosexuality. He’s gone and that is good.
Well done. I have always accepted as a fact of the universe that Congress was a lifetime appointment. I am very happy to see it disproven.
Harris will be favored to hold this Republican seat. The 6th is the other republican district led by Representative Roscoe Bartlett.
Sounds like good news with Gilcrest’s loss.
The incumbant Gilchrest had a 100% voting rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and was backed by the republican establishment with endorsements from President Bush former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele as well as the liberal Baltimore Sun newspaper.
The pro-life, anti-illegal immigration, no cut and run Harris was endorsed by many local conservative activists, James Dobson, Gun Owners of America, National Right to Life Committee PAC, Eagle Forum PAC, RNC Life PAC, and the Washington Times.
Obviously the Guardian lurks about here.
Who the hell knows about a *primary* congresional election in Maryland besides us? :-)
Wow. That is disgraceful.
However, as you pointed, the redistricting they did has made the district more ideologically conservative. It has now backfired on them - apparently they were sure Gilchrest would be in that seat forever.
The focus here on the Shore will be to try and paint the Democrat as a "authentic Eastern Shoreman" and it is important for Harris to campaign here and point out that conservative values are Eastern Shore values. But Andy should do fine.
I hope this get remembered when people on these threads start 'gushing' over Newt again.
The incumbant Gilchrest had a 100% voting rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and was backed by the republican establishment with endorsements from President Bush former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele as well as the liberal Baltimore Sun newspaper.>>>>>>
Very disturbing to know...but not shocked.
Thanks for the background.
It’s high time there is some house cleaning started!
Let’s get it going on the rest!
The view from MT. Twas recently in Brooklyn NY for son’s wedding. He told me about the Old Stone House on 3rd St and 5th Ave. Went to see it. In aug 1776 there was the first real battle of the Rev war thru what is now Prospect park and swirling around this old dutch farmhouse in Brooklyn. The british/hessians had overwhelming numbers and took the stone house(w/2’ thick walls)from the americans.
Then one of the finest chapters in american history : 400 voluteers from MARYLAND threw themselves in suicide charge after suicide charge against the foe. They lost 300 of their 400 that day alone but it bought Gen Washington enough time to retreat to manhatten and live to fight another day.
Thus your freedom today hinged upon those 400 MARYLAND “give me liberty or give me death” patriots, where could you find any such now in MARYLAND? And now there is a large playground there for children to play on, what better monument to those brave MARYLANDERS than to have died so that little children could enjoy life as a free people on the site where they fell?
We may see repeats of this with Ron Paul and Walter Jones in eastern NC.
(I hope Republicans don’t do a Ned Lamont number of Ron Paul though, since resources are much better used elsewhere.)
now folks, that is a real RINO. Not someone who supported the war through its darkest days.
I don’t understand why some people think Steele would be a good VP
Thank you eastern shore folks.
Oh this is beautiful. Pipkin’s egotistical, indulgent entrance into the race made me think the effort was futile. Gilcrest is a repulsive ugly man. Reap what you sow. This news makes the weather today much brighter.
Gingrich supported Gilchrest?? The same Gingrich that is now calling for conservative independence from the GOP?
Sometimes I feel like the guy in that beer commercial... the GOP keeps parading these lefties past me and asking me to vote for them, and I'm sitting on the couch as they walk by in their stinky underwear, and I keep saying "Dude."
I'm usually not this pessimistic. But we must be realistic.
Putting party before principles.
There was no hype in that story about the Battle of Brooklyn. The British fully expected to take Washington and his forces in Brooklyn and it was miraculous that they escaped to Murray Hill, Manhattan across the East River.
In October the British fleet was set to sail down Lake Champlain and capture Fort Ticonderoga and link up with their counterparts in New York City by sailing down the Hudson and basically capturing the entire Hudson River. But the brave Benedict Arnold fought a suicidal naval battle after hiding his makeshift fleet behind Valcour Island and attacking the British from behind after they passed the island. Arnold almost got killed (many of his men had to swim to shore after their ships were shot out from under them) but he forced the British northern forces to spend another 11 months trying to push south of the lake, by which time the politics of New York State had changed and the loyalists in the Albany area were ready to fight the British on farmland near Saratoga.
Anyway, after escaping to Murray Hill (which is where UN employees now live) Washington had tea with Mrs. Murray who was apparently an attractive rich widow. Apparently he dallied amost too long because the British had crossed into the Wall Street area the morning after the Americans escaped in a fog from Brooklyn and the Brits were moving up the west side highway to try to encircle his forces yet again. Whenever I am on the west side highway, I think about how the America was saved because American troops ran fast to the north that day.
This is wonderful news - for us, for the nation, and especially for the superb U. S. men and women serving in the Middle East.
Thank you for this great day BRIGHTNER!!!!!!!!
Perhaps Pipkin split the Easter-Shore vote more than he split the conservative vote.
Perhaps Pipkin split the Eastern-Shore vote more than he split the conservative vote.
Gilchrest was a fluke, from the beginning. When he first ran in 1988 he was a high school teacher with no money running against an entrenched “conservative” Democrat with wads of Defense PAC monies in his bag, and the only reason he came within 400 votes of winning was becuase Dyson’s top aide was caught hiring boy pages and romancing them in Dyson’s office, with the implication that Dyson was gay also.(the aide committed suicide). That doomed Dyson and gave us this liberal Republican who has plenty of PAC money himself. But not enough to win, apparently.
Sounds like Oregon. Most of the state is conservative but is overwhelmed by Multnomah(Portland) County. Our delegation is currently 4-1, but with the incumbent Dem retiring in the 5th and more registered Republicans than Dems(slightly) in that district, there's a very good chance Oregon become a 3-2 delegation split.
so will the winner get any support from the Republican establishment?
A good Pub district and Harris will be a good rep. for conserv values and policies. It would be odd if Obama and or Hil actually lost Md. to McCain. Newt was for Gilchrist and that does not pose good for our side when Newt was on the wrong side of this contest.
I agree. One RINO down a few hundred more to go. Cool.
Sadly it has been long forgotten the vital part New York played in the Revolutionary war. Yes, it started in Boston(tea party)and lexington/concord, finally finishing up in jamestown VA 5 years later; but it was NEW YORK where the main action took place. It was Hamilton that put manhatten on the road to becoming NYC but if Washington had known what a liberal snake pit it would become he might have hung it up right there and stayed even longer at tea w/Mrs Murray.
Just as business goes in cycles, as do seasons, so does politics. Someway, somehow, we’ve managed to muddle thru(an english attribute)for 234 years now as a free people. Yes, now we have our southern BROWN WAVE, the mexicans looking for a free ride and to steal, as do the europeans with their invading muslims. There are vast historical currents going on here, it leads to a HUGE crisis in the not too distant future because you have lunatic left obama or liberal back stabber mcvain as the only ballot choices. And yet, can they repeal the laws of Mother Nature? As in the no-something-for-nothing First Law of Thermodynamics....
Good news for a change!
Gingrich also worked in 1996 against Ron Paul — unsuccessfully.
Those troops were called the Maryland Line, and the state got its nickname “the Old Line State” from their bravery. A lot of people think the nick refers to the Mason-Dixon Line on the MD/PA border
I campaigned for Steele and thought he was a principled conservative. Now I know he is just a pol. He actually had a bit of a meltdown on local radio after taking heat for going to a Gilchrest fundraiser.
Steele has fallen victim to the NY Times cocktail party crowd.
Didn’t know that, the Maryland Line, thanks. Where oh where could one find the bravery, the raw courage to die for liberty, the ultimate love to die for one’s friends, in Maryland today? As old as it is, this story of the Old Stone House in Brooklyn should be told and re-told in Maryland, esp school children who take their free lives for granted : freedom ain’t free...
Meanwhile, the Delaware Regiment and the Second Maryland Brigade had pressed forward in good order, capturing 50 of the British troops. When the North Carolina militia began to crumble, Gen. de Kalb called for the reserves. However, although the First Maryland Brigade had reformed their ranks under the direction of Adjutant General Otho Williams, the British poured into the gaps presented by the retreating Americans and swept away the reserves.
About 2,000 British troops then surrounded 600 Continentals in several groups. The brave deKalb rallied the men for several bayonet charges before they were overwhelmed. DeKalb fought vigorously and suffered 11 wounds before he fell to the ground, mortally wounded. He died three days later in the British camp at Camden. The town at the site of the battle is named DeKalb SC in his honor.
One group of about 60 (including Captain Kirkwood) fought their way out, and a few others escaped individually by fleeing through the swamp; the remainder died or were captured. The battle lasted about 45 minutes. It was the worst defeat suffered by the American Army during the Revolutionary War.
Even though it was a guerilla war on our side, just another rebellion in british eyes, it was tenacity and perseverence that finally won the day. We lost many, many people and battles in the Rev war for now well-known military reasons and yet it was the final battle at Jamestown VA that counted. That movie THE PATRIOT starring Mel Gibson says a lot about the Rev war, and brave men from Maryland and Delaware joined with other american patriots : Give me liberty or give me death. And Nathan Hale : my only regret is that I have but one life to give for my country. Where or where could we find such raw courage there today?
That is interesting, but didn’t James Madison at the Constitutional Convention deliver an outburst in which he called DE disloyal to the Patriot cause during the Revolution? DE had more Tories per capita than any other state, as I understand it. Still is full of Democrats.