Charles Lollar's long-shot campaign has been making a series of missteps, from issues with their bus, a website outage, to an out of control campaign staff, offending the developmentally disabled community and more. And the hits just keep on coming.
Today the Lollar campaign sent the following message to Central Committee members:
Hello Brian --
First and foremost I want to thank you for your dedicated service to our party as a Central Committee member. As a former Chairman of the Charles County Republican Central Committee, I understand the tireless efforts each and every one of you make to continually promote Republican candidates and spread our conservative message in this navy blue state. Your time and efforts are very much appreciated by this candidate. I know in my heart, by working together, we can restore our beloved Maryland to the prosperous state it once was.
On Thursday and Friday I am attending the Republican Governors Association conference in Arizona. There I will meet with Governor Jindal, Governor Christie, and other great Republican leaders to discuss plans to improve our state and our country. Unfortunately this means I will miss the opportunity on Friday evening to meet with you, answer your questions, and tour the hospitality suites, but I look forward to joining everyone on Saturday to share my plans for returning prosperity back to Maryland.
The presumptive nature of Lollar's missive, that he is going to meet with Republicans in Arizona as opposed to Republicans here in Maryland, certainly serves as a thumb to the eye of the active Republican Central Committee members and activists who attend the Friday night of state party conventions for an opportunity to interact one-on-one with the candidates and face the hard questions from the voters who will decide who our nominee is this June.
That Lollar and his campaign would take their long-shot campaign all the way to Arizona as opposed to competing with the top tier of Republican candidates (David Craig and Ron George) or potential candidates (Larry Hogan) is strategically curious. As if the Lollar campaign is already conceding the Republicans most likely to vote in the June primary to the other campaigns.
Unfortunately for Lollar, it isn't the first time that he has passed on an opportunity to mingle with voters. He missed the Maryland Republican Party Oktoberfest Fundraiser and the Prince George's County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner.
Update: David Craig is also officially blowing off the event:
I was hoping to see you at this weekend's MDGOP Fall Convention but I have already accepted an invitation from Governor Bobby Jindal to participate in a Meeting and Candidate Training with the Republican Governors Association this same weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona. We share Governor Jindal's sentiment that "successful governors' races take unique strategies and a comprehensive approach" so we did not want to miss this important opportunity.
Although I cannot PHYSICALLY be with you this weekend, I want to personally invite you to visit the Craig/Haddaway Hospitality Suite which will be hosted by my running mate for Lt. Governor, Jeannie Haddaway. She and my staff look forward to welcoming you. The suite will open at 7pm on Friday in Room 382 at the Doubletree by Hilton Annapolis. Take care and enjoy the weekend.
David R. Craig
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