Democrats hold crab feast, stump in QA
GRASONVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Democratic Central Committee hosted a crab feast and meet the candidates fundraiser Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30, at the Grasonville VFW Post 7464 pavilion.
Nearly all of the local Democratic candidates who are running as challengers for the county commission seats were present, as well as most of the Democratic candidates for Orphans Court. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh addressed the crowd that filled the pavilion to capacity. Frosh, who is running for a second term as attorney general, complimented all of the local Democratic candidates and asked that everyone vote for those Democrats.
Frosh also commented in his closing remarks, “We need to make the governor, Jealous,” which most people immediately picked up on as
a creative way of saying vote for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous.
Among other remarks, Frosh said most other state attorney generals have the right to sue for the people of their state, if an issue presents itself that the attorney general feels is in the best interest for the people.
He said, “That’s not a right the attorney general in Maryland has, without first getting the permission of the governor of the state, or permission, by vote, of the state legislature.”
Frosh indicated there had been several instances where suits against the Trump administration had warranted lawsuits by the state on behalf of the people of the state. The first being when the Trump administration attempted to ban travel by Muslim people, many of whom were legal citizens of the U.S. and residents of Maryland. Another was suing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for attempting to carry out policies that would impede educational opportunities of students in Maryland, and suing the Environmental Protection Agency for actions that would damage progress made during the Obama administration in protecting the environment in Maryland.
Frosh concluded by quoting the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy. Frosh said Kennedy was speaking to a large group of African Americans when news arrived that Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and died in Memphis, Tennessee.
Frosh said, “Kennedy seized a very emotional moment by telling those present, ‘What we need is not divisiveness at this moment, but we need love and wisdom.’” Frosh was alluding that President Trump has been divisive in his methods with the American people.
Frosh was followed by Democratic Lt. Governorhopeful Susan Turnbull, (Ben Jealous’ running mate) of Bethesda. Turnbull, who is the former chairman of the Maryland Democratic Central Committee, and also a longtime member of the Democratic National Committee, where she served as vice chairman, she was quick to talk about the hearings of the U.S. Senate committee last week on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court. She said, “Kavanaugh feels he’s entitled to be on the Supreme Court.” She alluded to his demeanor and yelling while talking to the Senate committee.
She said of Governor Larry Hogan, “He has no plan for education or improving the economy in Maryland.”
She said educational ranking for Maryland schools has dropped nationally since Hogan became governor and the economy in Maryland lags behind other states.
Paige and Ben Tilghman of Centreville display a banner promoting the Democrat vote during the Queen Anne’s County Democratic Party crab feast Sunday, Sept. 30. Ben is running for the District 2 County Commission seat currently held by Republican incumbent Steve Wilson.
Maryland Democratic Party Lt. Governor candidate Susan “Suzie” Turnbull of Bethesda speaks Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30, at the QA Democratic Party crab feast at the Grasonville VFW.