Besting McCain, tapping anger, and a rattlesnake: Some voices from the Ehrlich kickoff
Republicans at Bob Ehrlich's Rockville rally said they plan to win the state by losing Montgomery well.
"That's our target for Montgomery, to bring him in at 40 percent," said Mark Uncapher, Montgomery's GOP chair. Sen. John McCain took 27 percent of the county vote in the 2008 presidential race. But some independents have since broken with President Obama over economic issues.
"The shift in independents is really encouraging for us. That's the path to victory here in Montgomery County," Uncapher said.
Some activists said voter anger will be a driver.
"I'm out there with people, and they're furious," said Pat Fenati of Damascus, who is running in Maryland's 14th House District. "They're furious with what the state's doing, with what the federal government's doing, with what the county's doing: taxes, no jobs, the government taking over so many things."
Gaithersburg plumber Al Phillips stood toward the back of Ehrlich's crowd of 200 or so in a T-shirt emblazoned with the coiled rattlesnake and 18th century "Don't Tread on Me" message adopted by the Tea Party movement.
He's considering volunteering for Ehrlich.
"I don't like the way things are going with taxes and nationalized health care," he said. "The Tea Party is a counterweight to ... bloated government, higher taxes and non-adherence to the Constitution in some cases."
-- Michael Laris
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