From Johnathan Grimmel:
In a democracy, it is always important to get involved in the process. Many individuals I talk with say that they do not like it when people complain about government, but then they do not even vote. Contrary to popular belief, each vote does matter, and decisions are made by those who show up. That is why I applaud the Maryland Republican Party for taking into consideration the idea of opening its primary elections to independent voters. This has been an issue I have been pressing for years now. The political landscape of the 21st century America has changed and it would be logical to try and adapt to the times. A growing number of people, especially young voters, do not want to align with democrats or republicans. They might not like the democratic fiscal policies of ‘spend more then you have’, and the republican social policies and issues may not resonate with them. Recent Republican losses at the polls, not only in Maryland but also around the country, show that there is a need to move a bit more moderately on issues in order to win independent moderates. This has and will be a big part of my campaign for Harford County Council. I am a registered Republican, but I call myself a new type of Republican, a modern Republican, because I believe that not only is fiscal conservatism the fundamental key for a county to succeed, but that social policies must be current and relevant. I believe that for too long the Republican party has been attacked and negatively labeled because of its social policies, many of which I hold dear. However, I also try to be realistic. Change is upon us, and in a 21st century world it does not help to be resistant to change. As a political party, we have the option to influence that change, rather than let it happen to us. I do hope that the Maryland GOP will have an open primary because it will help pave the way for modern conservatism by giving each voter an opportunity to participate. An open primary will better educate the people, specifically young Americans, of the importance of fiscal responsibility and modern social policies that build a more secure future while protecting individual rights. In the coming months I will implore the Maryland GOP to allow an open primary. And I urge my fellow republican officials and candidates to do the same.
Candidate for Harford County District D
“Securing the Future”
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sounds like another McCain-Boehner neo-con to me. “democracy?” gee, I thought the US was a constitutional republic. instead of blathering about ‘modern social policies’ and ‘social policies must be current and relevant’ why don’t you ditch the balloon juice and just state if you are pro abortion, pro welfare state, pro amnesty, for starters. I for one have had it with blowhard gas bags primping and spinning and talking out both sides of their mouth. we’ve got enough of that already with the democrats and the spineless McConnell-Boehner neocons.
Conservative Activist says
And another RINO is born…..
While I do agree that change is inevitable, if you hold certain social policies “dear”, then why are you willing to compromise them? I find that you have to stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.
I, for one, believe that abortion should be illegal. Period. I will NOT vote for anyone who is pro abortion. I also will NOT vote for anyone who doesn’t want to tell me up front how they plan to spend my tax dollars. A person’s track record is important to me…don’t be wishy-washy just to get a few extra votes! A person’s moral character is important to me…if you’re going to cheat on your spouse, then you’re going to cheat on the voting public!
What are these social issues that you speak of that need to be “current and relative”. Are they illegal immigrants? What is the problem…they are ILLEGAL, send them back. Is the problem the welfare system? FIX IT… and stop paying women who keep going out, repeatedly, and having a bunch of kids they can’t afford. (I’ll agree that bad relationships happen, but 5 or 6 of them within 9 years…really?) Is the problem abortion? STOP IT. There is a perfectly legal form of birth control that doesn’t cost a penny…it’s called abstinence. Or, better yet, if grown adults want to have sex, let them pay for their own condoms and/or pills/other devices. (I do understand that rape can lead to pregnancy, and that those are special circumstances which should be address individually.) Is education the problem? Fund it properly, then make teachers and administrators accountable for every cent.
See, stating exactly what I believe in wasn’t difficult. Perhaps you should try it, Mr. Grimmel; figure out what you’re fighting for before you write an open letter to the public. Because, honestly, sir, since you have publicly stated that you are willing to compromise to win votes, you have just lost mine.
I just listened to Blair Lee spout the exact same ideology on WBAL.
Although, in my mind I can understand the reasoning, especially living here in the Peoples Republic of Maryland, but in my heart I am dismayed by the continual decline and amorality of our national culture.
Going along to get along is not what our founders sacrificed their lives for.
Mike Stilwell says
Mr. Grimmel is a realistic person whose moderate attitude is the only solution to gridlock, and paves the way to get things done; things which will never please everyone. Even the Constitution was a result of compromise in order to get all of the states to ratify it. Although it did not please everyone (it did not ban slavery, for example), it has served us well.
Sam Adams says
I have been a Republican all my life. I will not be voting for Jonathan Grimmel.
By the way, Sam Adams is one of our fore fathers that doesn’t get the recognition he so deserves. Good choice for a name…..
Just Wow says
These posts just further my belief that Harford County has become a breeding ground for the self-righteous. Progressive individuals are being replaced by those waving their self-scripted dogmas of morality.
Please tell us what “social policies must be current and relevant” means. What social policies and what does current and relevant mean?
His words were spoken like a professional politician, make the message sound and feel good but leave out all the details so when you’re in office you can be part of the status quo establishment.
Luther Lingus says
Another panderer to the demtards and waste of a good conservative vote.
no thanks grimmel – your politics may work around DC but this is Harford County my friend – better check the demographics again.
You Keep Voting, We'll Keep Winning says
The best part about the comments here is that if Maryland Republicans had any chance of strengthening their presence in the state, it would be with a moderate, err excuse me, “modern” Republican like Grimmel. Instead they vote for Tea Party dimwits who are more concerned with upholding the pseudo-morality of the 1920’s then they are about improving the economy and creating jobs within our state (sorry, but lower taxes does not equal more jobs). These posters will continue to complain, they will continue to vote for the complainer that complains the most like them, and they will continue to lose to those evil liberal communists who are in reality only slightly left of moderates like Grimmel. If you ask me, I say keep it up! If anything you’re only making things easier for Maryland progressives and democrats.
You keep voting, You’re absolutely right, MD Progressives and democrats are going to keep winning in MD; that is, until the money runs out. Us “moral” republicans only have so much to give(or for you to take.)
Luther Lingus says
Keep gerrymandering jackass – your boy only won what 4 counties and Baltimore City in the elections. PG county alone has more population than 15 counties combined in the North & East of the State. Owe Malley is a Casa De Maryland butt licker. You can thank papa Curan for driver’s licenses for illegals and motor voter.
Keep sucking PG County’s ass. We don’t want you up here either.
Bill H says
Anyone who actually believes it’s only democrats that spend more then they have is delusional on how we got into this mess.