Peroutka, Dwyer, and theocratic, neo-Confederate politics in Maryland

An interesting post about an odd, under-scrutinized corner of Maryland politics went up Wednesday on the progressive blog Daily Kos. Written by Jonathan Hutson (pictured), treasurer of the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee campaign of his wife,

, it examines the phenomenon of what he calls "

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" here in the Free State. As evidence, Hutson cites the Democratic candidacy of David Whitney, one of the contenders in the June 24 primary in which Bury is running. Whitney is a pastor and lead instructor of

(IOTC), co-founded by Christian lawyer Michael Peroutka, the

. Peroutka is an important player in the

, which the

dubs a

. Today, Peroutka is a GOP candidate for Anne Arundel County's Republican Central Committee, and

to filing as the Republican Party's candidate for Maryland attorney general. Jeff Quinton of the conservative blog

has been giving Peroutka some

. Cato Institute senior fellow

emailed

City Paper

in February about Quinton's reporting on Peroutka, calling the theocratic political-philosopher a "wackypants anti-gay crusader," a less caustic characterization than that offered by the gay-rights group

in 2012, when they dubbed Peroutka an "

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."

City Paper

also highlighted Peroutka in

in Maryland that year. Hutson's portrayal of the current political situation in Anne Arundel County includes fact-packed descriptions of Maryland state Del. Don Dwyer, an IOTC veteran, and former Republican, now Democrat John Moran, a Baltimore police officer and perennial GOP candidate in the county who was a passenger on the boat Dwyer crashed while drunk in 2012, injuring children. Moran is running to be a state delegate in District 31A, and Hutson writes that he is a manifestation of Dwyer's "Democrat in Name Only," or DINO, movement that seeks a rightward shift in the party of the left. Intriguing reading–and a fluid situation in need of public attention, which Hutson, though he has a dog in the fight, is good to give.

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