A Tea Party in Maryland


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Last night I attended the most recent meeting of the Maryland Society of Patriots, a tea party group that was founded back in 2009. Attendance was pretty typical, with about fifty people filling the meeting room of the local library in Burtonsville, Maryland. As usual, Sam Hale, the founder of the group, had garnered a range of candidates to speak to us, including Eric Wargotz, the Republican candidate for the Senator, running against Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland).

Eric Wargotz speaking at MSOP meeting

For Wargotz, the questions got a bit heated at one point, as one member of the audience wanted to know his commitment to defending the Constitution.

What makes this group significant is that the majority of its members come from very Democratic districts. Yet, not only has attendance been high at almost every meeting, the membership has including a wide range of ordinary people, most of whom have never done politicial activitism in their lives.

Eric Cary, State Senator candidate

This is Eric Cary, who is running for the Maryland State Senate. I’ve included more pictures below the fold.

Sam Hale opens the meeting

Sam Hale opens the meeting. Sam is a young guy who decided in 2009 that something had to be done, and he went ahead and did it.

Eric Delano Knowles, running for governor

Eric Delano Knowles is running for Maryland governor on the Constitution Party ticket. He doesn’t have much of chance, but his willingness to do this and the sympathetic hearing we gave him at the meeting indicates once again the strong dissatisifaction that exists over the unwillingness of candidates from both major parties to address the out-of-control state of today’s government.

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