Saturday, February 9, 2013

Red Maryland Poll Deep Dive: Why do people go or not go to MDGOP Conventions

If you go back to the Red Maryland Poll you will notice that many people have choose not to go to Maryland Republican Party Conventions  But why do they choose not to go? Below are the completely unfiltered reasons why people go, or why they do not go....


Yes I attended the Conventions (37 people provided inputs)
·         Member of BCRCC
·         ?? There was fall AND a winter? 2 events?
·         As a central committee member it is one of my few bylaws specified obligations so I believe it is important I attend unless I absolutely cannot. Additionally, I believe the introduction of a policy focused workshop at the most recent fall convention is a very positive development and look forward to seeing more in this vein.
·         As often as possible, we should stand up and be counted and give our support to the Party.
·         Central Committee member
·         entertainment, since they lack substance
·         Fall Convention only
·         I am an American patriot!
·         I attended as a Central Committee member.
·         I attended some of the MDGOP winter convention, but not the fall.
·         I don't always have the money to attend the actual conference, but I at least go to the evening parties to mix with people.
·         I felt I had to. I was so disappointed in the behavior of many of the people who attended. I'm not sure if I will attend another.
·         I go to meet my friends. The MDGOP has not done a very good job in growing our party. The programs are pretty lame.
·         I have attended the last 2 and was disappointed by all the drama. It would be nice if the MDGOP would cut out the nonsense and get down to the business of moving the Party forward.
·         I own a small business and the current Maryland group of thugs makes it difficult to make profit.
·         I want to participate to the fullest. Whether I have a vote there or not. I would rather have a vote however.
·         I went but the people attending participates in behavior I found horrid. I will not attend again.
·         I would love to attend, but have no money literally. I am depended on my #3 son until my widow benefits begin in August. I am sick of not being able to do anything except post on facebook and email people on the problems we face as Marylanders and as LEGAL USA citizens, but until I have an income, I am limited to what I can do. I belong to several organizations AFP, CCWA, Numbers USA, Liberty, etc and send as many faxes to our government officials as I can without having to pay. If there is something i can do to help that doesn't cost money, feel free to contact me. PS: I should be getting an "obamaphone" within the month of February. I am so embarrassedd to even say that.
·         I'm a Central Committee member.
·         I'm a Central Committee Member.
·         It is a great place to meet like minded people
·         It is important to be active in our political process. If I can attend, I will.
·         Marylands broken
·         MFRW Conference - Yes
·         on the central committee
·         Only the Fall Convention. Its a great place for conservatives to make sure we make the party head in the right direction. The RIGHT direction.
·         Proxy

No I did not attend the Conventions (265 people provided inputs)
·         Why waste my time and money?
·         $$$$$$$ It costs money to do this.
·         ?? probably my age.
·         Although I vote solidly Republican, I have not joined the Republican Party f late because they have lost there way, their stances on morals, economics, and heritage. I am very much a Tea party thinker before there was a Tea Party.
·         Although I vote solidly Republican, I have not joined the Republican Party f late because they have lost there way, their stances on morals, economics, and heritage. I am very much a Tea party thinker before there was a Tea Party.
·         Am not a Republican but a conservative. The only MD Republican meetings I have ever attended were more like an elitist party without plan, drive, or fire.
·         AM NOT MADE AWARE
·         Am of the belief most Republican candidates are DIWC's (democrats in whimps clothing) and a SECOND Party is needed to make sure a RINO or DIWC never wins again
·         As a relative newcomer to political involvement, I don't know much about these events. I've never been invited to attend, but I do view these such events as for the "old guard", "establishment" Republicans, so I'm not really interested.
·         At age 84, I just don't "get around" as I used to.
·         At the moment I feel the Republican party gathers to party not to caucus or lobby at these events.
·         Bad Chairman and Committeewoman
·         Bad time for me personally.
·         basically disgusted with republican party unwilling to move away from 'establishment' mentality, which actually looks down upon, and is embarrased by, conservatism (this position furthers the notion that republicans are nothing more than yesterday's democrats)
·         Because I am sick of the some old try to be a democrat light attitude of the repubican party!!!
·         Because the MD GOP is happy with being the permanent minority. They hope to co-opt the Tea Party, not work with them and win.
·         Busy. Didn't know.
·         Can't afford to do so!
·         cost
·         Cost
·         couldn't get time off
·         Did not even give my consideration. Life is very busy, and Maryland seems absolutely hopeless, although I did actively volunteer for Dan Bongino's Senate campaign, and I would support him in the future.
·         Did not have information about either one
·         DID NOT KNOW ABOUT IT
·         did not know about it
·         Did not know about it.
·         Did not know about the conventions. Too busy for the conference
·         Did not know about them
·         didn’t know about it
·         Didn't hear about them.
·         Didn't hear about them.
·         Didn't hear about them.
·         Didn't hear about them.
·         Didn't know about them
·         didn't know about them
·         Didn't know about them
·         Didn't know about them
·         Didn't know about them
·         Didn't know about them.
·         Didn't know about them.
·         Didn't know about them.
·         Didn't know about them.
·         Didn't know anything about them.
·         Didn't know i was invited.
·         Didn't know of them
·         Didn't know they even existed
·         Didnt know they existed
·         Don't feel as if the party much cares to include me or reach out to tell me about events. perfect example is your next question. i didn't even know there was a path finder program
·         dont know
·         Don't know anything about them but will study up. I'm working on numbers to determine which races I want to support locally and state wide, if any.
·         expense and location
·         expenses & location
·         expensive
·         Finding time.
·         had no knowledge of it
·         Had to work
·         Had to work
·         Have no confidence nor trust in the MD GOP
·         Have not been aware of them
·         Have recently moved back to MD, but will plan on attending in the future.
·         Health reason
·         I am a register Libertarian and until the republican party actually stand on principle they are very likely never to get my support. The Party MUST swing towards a conservative libertarian foundation if it wants to survive. It is the biggest tent in america.
·         I am a register Libertarian and until the republican party actually stand on principle they are very likely never to get my support. The Party MUST swing towards a conservative libertarian foundation if it wants to survive. It is the biggest tent in america.
·         I am a register Libertarian and until the republican party actually stand on principle they are very likely never to get my support. The Party MUST swing towards a conservative libertarian foundation if it wants to survive. It is the biggest tent in america.
·         I AM AN INDEPENDANT AND KEEP MY OPTIONS OPEN
·         I am not a republican
·         I am not a Republican
·         I am not a Republican any more.
·         I am not into doing conventions.
·         I am sick of the ruling class elite
·         i cannot get to them.
·         I can't afford it because you people can't produce a candidate who can an election!
·         I did not know one existed, I am a new member of the republican club of Frederick county
·         I didnt get any info on them
·         I didn't know about it
·         I didn't want.
·         I do not reside in Maryland as of now
·         I don't have a good answer.
·         I don't know when they are or currently favor the communication strategy of the MD Republican Party.
·         I don't like the Republican Party in this state. It is the same old people who control everything and are not willing to listen to Tea Party people.
·         I don't live in Maryland I live in Ohio. I am an avid supporter of Dan Bongino. I believe he is the most intelligent and well spoken Republican hope for the future of Maryland and our Country.
·         I Don't support the establishment republican agenda of go along to get along socialism.
·         I have never heard of these conventions and have never been contacted by the Maryland Republican Party.
·         I have never heard of these conventions and have never been contacted by the Maryland Republican Party.
·         I have to take care of my grandchildren during the week so my daughter can afford to feed her children. I'd love the ability to be mopre involved and could afford to go tho these things. But in case you haven't heard, some of us are experiencing hard times, and they are getting harder.
·         I hear, or read, almost nothing concerning the Md GOP. It appears to be ineffective in reaching out to voters and, seemingly, has little or nothing to say regarding inefficientcy and corruption in the state government. My wife and I are both registered Republicans and vote in every election. Yet we are never contacted by the Md GOP.
·         I just became a Republican----from a Democrud
·         I knew nothing about them.
·         I live in PA
·         I need the dates and info.
·         I never took much interest in government until recently. I find the current situation in both our state and our country to be beyond unacceptable but I pray, perhaps not beyond repair.
·         I really didn't know that anyone, unless invited, could attend.
·         I really want to do my part in supporting the conservative cause and get Republican's nominated in MD But I am turned off by all big banquets and balls that cost a fortune and are so fancy! I am a concerned citizen who would love to volunteer but I am just not sure what I can do. It seems like if you are not affluent, helping in politics is not possible.
·         I think the MDGOP is pathetic. They don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. Is it any wonder Repubs lose in this state when it's a disaster from the very top.
·         I was not available.
·         I would feel uncomfortable.
·         I'm a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service which has very strict limits, under the Hatch Act, on political activities.
·         I'm actually a registered democrat who is disgusted with the irresponsible policies of Martin O'Malley and the other Maryland politicians. The current State Controller is the only individual that I have any respect for. Although I am a registered democrat, I see myself as an independent thinker. Neither party always has it right. What is best for the citizens of Maryland should come before any political party.
·         I'm an independent
·         I'm currently "Hatch"ed
·         I'm not a hard core party person. There are GOP politicians that I do not agree with
·         In the past I have had work conflicts. I may be able to attend in the future.
·         Interferes with work. Too expensive considering travel and lodging.
·         It would have been a waste of my time. The MD GOP is broken.
·         It's generally a waste of money, other than catching up with friends.
·         It's too far away for me to drive to the Maryland Republican Party Fall and Winter Conventions from Bel Air, Maryland.
·         Ive never enjoyed going to conventions
·         Just becoming involved.
·         Just moved back to MD and didn't know about the conventions
·         kid's sports conflicts
·         Knew nothing about it taking place.
·         l
·         logistics, primarily
·         Money
·         Money and commitments.
·         N/A
·         Never gave it much thought. Do you have to be a registered Republican to attend? I am a registered Independent with conservatives views
·         Never hear about them. Where is the republican party in MD? It seems invisible.
·         Never heard of it
·         Never heard of them
·         Never knew that I could
·         Never knew that I could
·         Never Know when and where
·         Never really was aware
·         No knowledge of the inner working of the party
·         No real reason----should attend
·         no time
·         no time
·         No time
·         No time
·         Not a member of Calvert Cty. Rep. Central Comm. and I feel my voice would not be heard consequently.
·         Not advertised enough I had no idea
·         not aware
·         not aware of venue
·         not aware of when they are held.
·         not familiar with them
·         Not informal enough. Feel left out because it seems like its only for the insiders.
·         Not interested
·         Not Invited
·         Not really aware of them or their purpose.
·         Not sure I knew about them. It could be that there is so many mailings that many are discarded without being opened. I get between 2 and 15 mailings from the party and candidates daily. A little much; but the mailman likes it.
·         Not sure when/where they are
·         Not that involved with strictly republican activities. Efforts in Patriot Movement as a whole. Like to have Dan Bongino in House of Representatives from a winnable district, but not to replace Andy.
·         Only became active in past year. Haven't received info on the dates.
·         Other commitments
·         our party is run by morons and there is never any entertainment. even though they are destroying the country, the democrats at least know how to throw a good party. I will not attend pathfinders either. I am assuming it will be run by the same idiots who lost Bartletts seat for him so there is nothing to be gained
·         Out of the country
·         Out of town
·         out of town
·         personal financial constraints
·         Prevous obligations
·         probably will in the future
·         really unhappy with state and federal republican party leadership
·         Republicans like Blaine Young and Richard Rothschild are giving this party a bad name. Until the party recognizes the need for pragmatic ideas and pragmatic candidates, I will not participate.
·         schedule conflict
·         scheduling conflict
·         Scheduling conflicts
·         seems futile
·         Sometimes they're too far away. Don't have a good excuse for not attending when they are close to home other than I may be involved with something else.
·         SORRY I HAD TO WORK
·         Tea Prty member
·         The Maryland Republican Party has abandoned me. It doesn't run candidates where I live and was silent about my criminal Democratic delegate and the criminals nominated to replace her. As best I can tall, the party has become some kind of social club.
·         The Republican Party is an organization of Washington DC liberals.
·         time
·         Time
·         Time and travel related reasons
·         Time from busines
·         Time pressures
·         Time, money, health
·         Time.
·         Too busy with grad school
·         Too busy with other concerns, family and church, to get heavily involved in political activities that take time.
·         too far away,..I live in western Maryland
·         Too many stupid social conservatives
·         Too much wishful thinking
·         Transportation issues.
·         Travel issues; two elementary age children.
·         Unable to attend.
·         Unable to do so
·         Unaware of times and places
·         Unaware they existed. The party should promote them more.
·         unemployed and cannot afford to go to conventions
·         Until Republicans in this State grow a pair, like Dan Bongino, I won't publicly show my support for the Republican Party. The party is gelded and needs real conservatives with the real conservative message to return to any kind of credibility.
·         Usually can't make it..
·         Was in the hospital
·         Was not aware of them.
·         Was not aware of them. Had I known I would have attended - or at least tried to..
·         Was not invited, did not know about it since I am now registered as an independant.
·         Was out of the Country on vacation.
·         Was out of town
·         Wasn't in the household budget.
·         Wasn't invited
·         why go?
·         Wish I could,am very concerned about the future of this state(and country),but I'm 76 and not as active as I used to be.
·         work
·         work 2 jobs
·         Work schedule does not permit
·         Working all of the time to pay taxes.....
·         Working to pay taxes.
·         You should include Allen West as an option for 2016 Presidential nominee



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