A few weeks, ago, Tom spoke with Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and Kathleen Matthews, who at the time were running to be the next chair of the MD Democratic Party. Maya Cummings won that election, and she has begun regrouping Democrats after their second loss in a row in their bid to capture the Governor’s mansion.
Today, Tom looks at the prospects for Maryland's GOP. While enjoying their winning hand in Governor Larry Hogan's recent re-election victory and his bipartisan support across the state, MD Republicans are less happy with their persistent minority status in all but a few of the state's election districts. How do they plan to change the party's fortunes going forward? Joining Tom in the Midday studio is the newly re-elected chair of the Maryland Republican Party. Dirk Haire is a Washington DC-based attorney with the firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. He’s also a veteran Republican political operative; he worked as a legislative aide to former U.S. Senator Dan Coats who now serves as the Director of National Intelligence in the Trump Administration.
Dirk Haire also managed congressional campaigns for Republican candidates in Indiana and Wisconsin, and he served as the Chair of the Maryland House and Senate Party Caucus Committees. Before taking on the chairmanship of the MD GOP in 2016, he served as the party’s legal counsel.
This program was live-streamed on WYPR's Facebook page; the video can be viewed here.