Several months ago, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan denounced Anne Arundel County Council GOP candidate Michael Peroutka for his far right extremist views and his connections to the neo-Confederate, Southern secessionist group, the League of the South.
Founded in 1990, the League of the South was classified as a hate group in 2000 by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its "pro-Anglo-Celtic" views, and its anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-gay views, as well as its advocacy of Southern secession and the establishment of a Christian theocracy run by white elites. In a July 25 article in the Baltimore Sun, Hogan's campaign spokesman said, "Larry absolutely disavows him. Those views have never been a part of the Republican Party and they never will."
A review of public campaign finance reports filed by Richard Rothschild's campaign shows that Peroutka is Rothschild's biggest supporter, having donated $4,000 to Rothschild's campaign this year. Under current Maryland law, the maximum amount that a person can give to a candidate during a four-year election cycle is $4,000.
Not only has Peroutka provided financial support to Rothschild's campaign, the two have close ties through Peroutka's Institute on the Constitution. Rothschild is also a regular columnist on Peroutka's blog, The American View. Rothschild even tried to force county employees to take the Peroutka's seminar on the Maryland Constitution in 2012.
Rothschild has made it no secret that he shares the views of Michael Peroutka and the League of the South through his words and actions. But as Hogan's spokesperson said, those views have never been part of the Republican Party and never will. Undoubtedly, there are some individuals in Carroll County who share Rothschild's dangerous views. However, I would venture to say that the majority of Carroll County residents, both Republican and Democrats alike, would side with Hogan and not Rothschild.
I hope that on Election Day, when the residents of Carroll County's Commissioner District 4 go to the polls, they too will denounce the extremist views held by Rothschild by voting him out of office. Carroll County District 4 deserves to have a commissioner who has the best interests of our children, our elderly, our farmers, our business people and our residents at heart, not a commissioner with a personal, radical, social and political agenda to promote.