An Evening in Annapolis With District 6
Salling addresses vote walkout
The District Six legislative group opened the doors of the Miller Senate Office Building to constituents for “An Evening in Annapolis With District 6” on Monday.
Over 100 people from newborns to octogenarians attended the event to spend the evening with Senator Johnny Ray Salling and delegates Robin Grammer, Bob Long, and Ric Metzgar (all are Republicans)
Community members began filing into the room around 5 p.m., where light refreshments were available. Twenty minutes later, Pastor Stacey Shiflett of Calvary Baptist Church (Salling’s congregation) gave a short prayer before food was served by Black Tie Catering.
Black Tie Catering will be donating the leftover food to an orphanage in the district, Salling said.
After food was served, each of the representatives addressed the room. First, Senator Salling applauded the district for it’s strong sense of patriotism and it’s support of Gov
ernor Larry Hogan and President Donald Trump.
Salling explained that it was his great pleasure and duty to listen to the voices of his constituents and do his best to assist their needs.
“It is my desire to represent you in a righteous way, through God. I have a desire to do not what is right,
but what is righteous,” the Senator said to the room. “You may not always like what I have to say, but I promise that I will get back to you. It is my responsibility and my heart’s desire to listen to your concerns, and if I can do something for you, it would be my honor.”
Next, Grammer took to the microphone to celebrate his wife and the first public appearance of his newborn son. Currently focusing on the foreclosure and dilapidation problems in the district, Grammer encouraged those in attendance to stay for the session meeting beginning after the event to “see how the sausage gets made.”
Long then led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before imploring the audience to keep reelection in mind not only for himself and his fellow District 6 representatives, but for Gov
ernor Hogan as well. “This isn’t a campaign speech, but really, jobs, jobs, jobs,” Long said at Monday’s event. “We need to lower the taxes so people can live.”
Referring to the resolution passed in the Maryland Senate last week that grants the state attorney general the authority and the right to take legal action against the federal government without first obtaining permission from the gov
ernor, Delegate Long continued, “The attorney general is making decisions for us, and I feel very uncomfortable.”
Metzgar announced he would be serving as chaplain in Congress on March 9. According to Metzgar, this has been years in the making, and he is incredibly excited to finally be granted this opportunity.
Speaking of his fellow delegates, Metzgar said “we each have a lot of strength, but together we can do a lot.”
During Metzgar’s speech, Del. Pat McDonough (who announced last week he will be running for Baltimore County Executive in 2018) entered the room. Given a moment to address the room, McDonough thanked District 6 for voting for him when he challenged incumbent Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger last year and told the room of his plans to run for county executive: “Together, we can take that seat and give it back to Republicans,” he said.
Senator Salling also discussed his discontentment with the resolution passed last week allowing for the supersession of the president and the governor. Salling was one of the members who participated in an organized walk-out over the vote last week.
“This bill would allow the attorney general to have control over our president, and I have a very serious problem with that and I think that everyone should,” Salling said of his walk-out last week.
To round out the evening, Senator Salling returned to the podium saying “let’s work together as a team, let’s make a difference.”
Senator Johnny Ray Salling addresses constituents during an event on Monday in Annapolis. PHOTO BY MIA MCCASLIN/MMCCASLIN@CHESPUB.COM