An Evening in An­napo­lis With District 6

Salling ad­dresses vote walk­out

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

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.”

BY MIA MCCASLIN/MM­C­CASLIN@CHES­PUB.COM

Sen­a­tor Johnny Ray Salling ad­dresses con­stituents dur­ing an event on Mon­day in An­napo­lis. PHOTO BY MIA MCCASLIN/MM­C­CASLIN@CHES­PUB.COM

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