I was in the live audience at the House of Delegates Forum for Legislative District 5 and I was dismayed to hear former Del. Carmen Amedori say that Del. Susan Krebs is actively seeking her Democratic supporters to switch to the GOP so they can vote in our primary. Amedori makes a great point in that if the incumbent delegate has the conservative voting record that she brags about, why would she need Democratic supporters to pull her out of our primary? As a conservative Republican, I am offended by that strategy.
Additionally, when Amedori mentioned the amount of Political Action Committee money that Krebs has it became clear that the incumbent is not voting in the best interest of Carroll County. I did not know that the incumbents voted for Obamacare, and so I looked up HB166 from 2011, and sure enough it is the enabling legislation for the Maryland Obamacare Exchange, and sure enough, they all voted for it.
I remember Amedori from when she was in the House, having been elected twice to represent us. It is my opinion that she is an honest leader who is now giving the conservatives a head's up warning that the GOP Primary is being infiltrated by the liberal Democrats at the behest of Krebs. This behavior should not be rewarded.
I love Carroll County and I urge all Republicans to take notice and heed Amedori's words. Otherwise, it is very possible that the Democrats turning Republican for this election could shift Carroll County from the conservative country-like landscape we now enjoy to the likes of Howard and/or Baltimore counties. I suggest we need to be vigilant in this regard.
Amedori served us well from 1998 until 2004. In 2004, she was appointed to the Maryland Parole Commission by Gov. Bob Ehrlich, and she continued to serve us by not allowing parole release for felons. I suggest that if we are truly tired of the shenanigans that go on in Annapolis that we vote no incumbents. I agree with Amedori, who stated they have become "complacent" and "incompetent" and no longer vote based on the best interest of the citizens of Carroll County.
My vote for the House seats are for Amedori and Josh Stonko.