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Frederick County Council President Bud Otis announced he was changing his party affiliation Thursday.

Frederick County Council President Bud Otis changed his party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated on Thursday.

In a morning announcement at Winchester Hall, Otis said the path of the Frederick County Republican party has become too extreme.

“Today, I’m sad. Because I have to abandon my party. I’m forced to make the change,” Otis said.

Otis said he was responding to “allegations and accusations being hurled against me by members of my own political party.” Otis said recent comments on local talk radio were “outrageous, mean-spirited, and intended to inflict the highest level of pain on both me and my family.”

Otis said he was a proud lifelong Republican, but the “Republican Party of today in Frederick County no longer has a place for conservative, yet moderate, Republicans like me.”

His switch changes the balance of power on the council to three Democrats and three Republicans, plus an unaffiliated Otis — although Otis has often voted with Democrats since he took office.

Even the council’s first vote upon inauguration in December 2014 showed division. With three Republican members, it was the three Democrats — M.C. Keegan-Ayer, Jerry Donald and Jessica Fitzwater — who joined with Otis to elect him president of the council.

A separate vote — to elevate Republican Billy Shreve to president — drew a 3-4 vote, with Republicans Kirby Delauter and Tony Chmelik supporting his bid, but Otis voting against it.

Dozens of times since the election, Otis has broken from the Republicans on the council to join Democrats in supporting various measures. He has said the council has a “good majority” that works to get things done.

Otis said he’s sure some people will ask him to step down as council president, but he has no plans to do so.

“I’m sure the same antagonists will probably do that. But you have to count to four,” he said, indicating that Republicans don’t have a majority vote to put someone else in the position.

Otis said he went to the Frederick County Board of Elections at 8 a.m. Thursday to change his registration to “unaffiliated.”

Otis said his decision to leave the party was because of recent comments by council members and onetime Republican council candidate Ellen Bartlett, who is the wife of Otis’ previous boss, former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett.

Delauter said publicly this week that Otis had pressured him to act a certain way on the council and threatened him if he did not. Ellen Bartlett this week made accusations about Otis’ past personal and professional behavior.

Otis called Bartlett’s comments patently false.

He said other attempts to question his character were bullying and a “misguided and destructive attempt to control me.”

On Thursday, Delauter stood behind his allegation that Otis had also attempted to control him.

“Bud Otis doesn’t know me very well. I don’t intimidate very easily. I will stand up for what I think is right,” Delauter said. “I ran for office to change things and make the county a better place.”

He added that he doesn’t think he’s created conflicts on the council. “If you look at the tapes, I’m pretty calm. I’m speaking my mind,” Delauter said. “That’s what my constituents keep asking me to do.”

Shreve, who has said Otis is “a trained monkey by the Democrats” in Facebook posts, said he hasn’t lodged personal attacks against Otis, but he will.

“Tell him to hang on, because it’s just getting started,” Shreve said Thursday.

Shreve, who is chairman of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee, said Otis never voted with the Republican majority on significant issues and won’t be missed from the party.

“He left the party within minutes of being sworn in,” Shreve said, criticizing Otis’ votes on things such as the county budget and keeping the county property tax rate constant, instead of lowering it to a “constant yield” rate.

“Elections have consequences. Just remember that,” Shreve said at the council’s most recent meeting this week.

Members of the County Council were notified Thursday morning of Otis’ decision.

Keegan-Ayer, the council’s vice president, was in Winchester Hall during Otis’ announcement. She watched the announcement on a television in a conference room.

“Obviously, he’d had enough. ... He was very upset yesterday with the personal attacks,” Keegan-Ayer said.

She said the council still has “some rocky road to get over,” but she hopes a majority will be able to move legislation forward.

“The citizens elected us to do our job. We were elected to be legislators. So far, there has been a dearth of legislation from the folks complaining,” Keegan-Ayer said. “You can’t just sit there and lob grenades all day long. Do the job you were elected to do.”

Other current and former officials in Frederick County also reacted to Otis’ announcement.

“It’s the Republican party’s gain and the unaffiliated party’s loss,” said Republican state Sen. Michael Hough, who was at a bill signing in Annapolis when he received a text message with news of Otis’ announcement.

Hough said the Republican party is stronger than ever nationally and has more than enough room for different viewpoints, but Otis’ views are simply no longer Republican.

“He’s with Jan [Gardner] 100 percent of the time. People are like, ‘What’s going on? I thought we elected a Republican majority council,’” Hough said.

County Executive Jan Gardner, a Democrat, said the acrimony on the council is unlike anything she’s seen before in the county, where she also served for 12 years on the former Board of County Commissioners.

“It’s very reprehensible,” Gardner said after Otis’ announcement. “Right now, there’s such a lack of camaraderie on the County Council, and it’s really because of the personal attacks and the negative comments that really spew mostly from two people. It just creates an environment that’s very negative.”

Former Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young, who challenged Gardner for the county executive seat in 2014, said he regrets supporting the transition to charter government and his support for Otis.

“I personally supported Bud Otis and allowed him to solicit my donors and base with my full support. I signed fundraising letters and put my reputation on the line that he would uphold the principals (sic) of the Republican party,” Young said in an email. “Obviously, many of us are shocked and disappointed with his leadership.”

Young, who also changed political parties in 2002 to affiliate with the Republican Party, said he waited to make the change until he left his position as a Frederick city alderman. Young said he waited to make the change out of respect for voters, adding that he believes Otis was elected because of the “R” after his name in 2014.

Otis is one of two at-large members elected to the council. He received the most votes of any council members in the 2014 election.

Otis is far from alone in registering as an unaffiliated voter in Frederick. A little more than 22 percent of county voters were unaffiliated for April’s primary election. Frederick County ranks third in the state in terms of the number of registered voters who consider themselves unaffiliated.

Otis’ current term on the council runs until Dec. 1, 2018.

Asked Thursday if he would consider running for re-election, Otis responded defiantly.

“Why not? I love my job. I love people. We’ll see if I run as a Republican or if I run as an independent. That would depend on what the party does.”

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

(206) comments

chesapeakecountry

It's about time he came clean - well almost. He will have to join the Democratic party to fully do that.

phydeaux994

I compare Billy and Kirby to the teenage cyber bullies, out to make Bud's life miserable. Just because they lost their leader and their mission to destroy the County. Speaking of their leader, I have not seen one word from them condemning Blaine for his shameful behavior. Why haven't they turned their venom toward him?

shiftless88

I don't agree with a lot of Bud's political ideas as he is more conservative than I am. However, I respect him as I respect any opponent who takes their job seriously and approaches it with an eye to getting things done. I can deal with a republican, but I cannot deal with a loudmouth boor like Shreve no matter which party.

fnfn

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recordhigh

The Republican party is toxic to civil discourse. As all the intelligent and compassionate people flee, it's becoming a seriously concentrated collection of ignorant bullies.

phydeaux994

[thumbup]Take note Glen, this comment is right on the mark.

elymus43

Expect more people from Montgomery County coming here in the near future. A radio station stated that the Montgomery County raised their tax rate 9%.

MrHitshed

Reading so many intelligent and supportive comments really makes me proud to live in Frederick County! Let's keep this spirit going!

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vicdavy

Wfmd radio? Lol! That explains a lot about your comments. You didn't understand my Macho response the other day, right! Just like your handle you love machismo without intellect!

Nicki

Mr. Otis -- I hope this overwhelming support for you has lifted your spirits and let you know that we applaud the job you are doing for Frederick County.
Thank you also for standing up to bullying!

tonyc51

If he feels better as "unaffiliated", good for him. He should vote his conscience regardless of the label after his name. If he chooses to run next time as an independent, I will vote for him again.

Dwasserba

My voting for Otis had nothing to do with the "R" after his name because I am unaffiliated too, and liking Rs less with their peevish behavior. Otis has a mind of his own. Oooooo

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DickD

Hard to say how he sounded on the radio, I didn't listen to it, but Otis is no wimp, no Republican flunky either.

pegboard118123

Blaine regrets backing charter government -- that's probably because he wasn't elected County Executive as was his plan. He is not king of Frederick County anymore. Also, he changed parties after he did not run for city alderman after the black book affair. I will vote for Bud Otis as long as he continues to act for the good of the county.

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Hayduke2

des- read the response from Bud further up this chain....

threecents

Like it or not, all Frederick County republicans, Kirby is your chosen leader. I think leaving the republican party is a reasonable response for anyone who is not happy with that.

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phydeaux994

So you're on Blaines side I guess? Figures! LOL

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FrederickFan

I'll use your criterion the next time I pick the winner of a bare knuckle street brawl. In the meantime, for political leadership, I'll take honor and integrity all day long.

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Nicki

Glen-- you may be unfamiliar with the sound of a human heart.

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Maybe its your radio.

MrHitshed

We need to start now and do whatever we can to support Bud. And keep doing it right through the next County Council elections.

And for the three cretins who created this mess, spread the word. Billy, Kirby and Tony voted against the budget. They voted to provide no funding to the Sheriff's office, no funding to firefighters and paramedics. No funding to public safety or schools. We need to vote them out. They have no interest in solving problems and only want to create new ones.

FrederickFan

You hit that one on the head, shed.

Jake mohorovic

When citizens pay their taxes the expectation is those tax taxes will be applied to provide funding for such programs as public safety. Voting against the Budget at the local level is the same as when the republican party at the national levels supports closing down Uncle Sam. In Baltimore County, in Dundalk and Essex, citizens have been encouraging the Baltimore County Executive and the Governor to achieve air conditioning in the public schools. Yet, two republican state delegates Robin Grammer and Bob Long voted AGAINST the passage of the Maryland Capital Budget to provide state funding for 2 schools in the district they represent. I agree vote em out.

Nicki

Consider going to the next council meeting and publicly thanking Mr. Otis. As Kirby (and Blaine) have their minions make public comment in their favor.

vicdavy

Good show Bud! I thought you were too smart, reasonable and compassionate for today's Republican Party.

FrederickFan

Hey Blaine, how is your "Solicitation of a Prostitute" trial coming along in Anne Arundel County?

MCEDDE21

The trial is scheduled for June 27 at 1:15 PM in Annapolis. There is a preliminary hearing set for next Monday, May 23 at 8:30 AM in Glen Burnie. Case # D07CR16 002582. http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch/inquiryByCaseNum.jis

FrederickFan

Thanks for the update!

mgoose806

Strange, the voters knew what they were getting when they elected DeLauter & Shreve, they didn't when elected Otis.

armillary

Imagine, a moderate Republican politician in Frederick county in this day and age. And we thought they were extinct.

MCEDDE21

[lol]

MCEDDE21

and what's funnier is, they still like what they got with Delauter and Shreve!

fnfn

You know that long river, De-nial

neilyoungfan25

Very interesting comments being made under the FNP Facebook page. I didn't know Otis stabbed his boss Bartlett in the back. Didn't like Roscoe, but Bud's actions should have told his voters what they were getting. The Dems should be scared of Otis. If he switches, he would probably do the same to them if elected again. Don't think he will run next time. Repubs hate him and Dems won't trust him.

Nicki

Neil-- don't believe everything you read in fb comments. Sheesh!

Harold Otis

I never once stabbed Roscoe in the back. He had me take his retirement paper to the retirement office. After he did this I told him if he wasn't going to run for reelection I would. When changed his mind and decided to run again. I decided to resign because I was not going to run his campaign again! Ten times was enough! Oh by the way I didn't run against did I ?

Hayduke2

Concise and thought out response. Thanks for all of your efforts thus far.

DickD

Thank you Bud, for the explanation, it was needed with all the lies the Blaine gang were putting out. Nellyoungblood, is Blaine.

threecents

Running the county has little to do with which party you belong to. Lenny Thompson was about as different from Blaine's gang as you can be, but he was republican.

Hayduke2

Neil - or should it be Blaine... You take every opportunity in this comment section to make misleading or dubious claims. Claiming bogus stuff about his relationship with Bartlett has nothing to do with this. Ellen Bartlett has shown herself to be incompetent when anytime she spoke during the election process. Come on man!

DickD

Ellen talked a lot about her goats, during elections, does that count?[lol]

DickD

Go away, Blaine, we weren't supposed to hear from you for 10 years and you have a trial to attend to, go to it and face the consequences.

Dwasserba

3 unffiliateds in my house like him. Just sayin'. Registering unaffiliated can be permanent.

b1sellers

neil (or Blaine) spreading lies because the truth doesn't fit his narrative. You lost. Go away.

b1sellers

And we were pleasantly surprised by what we got in Bud Otis. I hope he stays and continues doing what hos constituents want. And I hope Kirby and Billy are voted out the same way Blaine was.

knahs25

Unfortunately - it has become doing what is in the interest of the party instead of doing what is in the interest of the people. I applaud Mr. Otis for his action.

FrederickCountyGOP

Maybe he isn't racist pr subversive enough for todays GOP?

jthompson

Episode confirms that a Republican's worst political enemy is another Republican.

ddegrangejr

“Tell him to hang on, because it’s just getting started,” Shreve said Thursday

Sounds like an open ended threat to me... Somebody call his buddy Chuck J.

ddegrangejr

“I personally supported Bud Otis and allowed him to solicit my donors and base with my full support. I signed fundraising letters and put my reputation on the line that he would uphold the principals (sic) of the Republican party,” Young said in an email.

Silly Rabbit... Haven't U learned what happens when you solicit? [beam]

threecents

Oh no, Blaine put his reputation on the line. [crying]

DickD

Look at it this way, he didn't lose much - if any.[whistling]

Hayduke2

Funny that Blaine chose to use the word " solicit"

marylandmirage

Ellen Bartlett is one of the people criticizing Bud? I really thought she was missing a few key pieces when she ran the last time, after some of the responses she gave when questioned on the issues.

public-redux

Ellen despises Bud and has for a long time. In fact, the word on the street was that she ran to deny him a primary victory but she assumed wrong about which seat he would run for. (At Large versus CCD-5).

DickD

Ellen ran for District one, against Jerry Donald.

public-redux

Yeah, she assumed wrong. Bud ran At Large when she thought he would run in district one. Ellen did not run against Jerry Donald in the primary; you're simply mistaken about that.

DickD

Not in the primary, the General Election. Jerry beat her by 25 votes.

public-redux

I don't understand what that has to do with Bud Otis and the primary election. Why are you trying to change the subject?

DickD

It is still my opinion she should not have been allowed to run, as all reports had her living in Circleville, WV. with Roscoe.

FrederickFan

The behavior of Shreve and Delauter is absolutely horrifying. It offends beyond belief. And Shreve is the leader of the Party. Shreve's party is the party of bullying, intimidation, ignorance, cronyism, and dishonor.

"Evil only triumphs when good men do nothing". Today, a good man did something.

BstD59

Well said, FrederickFan. [thumbup]

Burgessdr

Shreve Delater and Blaine are just junior high boys never reached adulthood. It's comical. Their fake bravado underlies being wimps. I especially enjoy hearing Shreve and snicker at the silly simpleton things he says. The boy has an IQ of maybe 70 on a good day.

marylandmirage

It would only be comical if they hadn't been in a position where they could inflict so much damage to so many people. I hope the people who voted these buffoons in again will seriously think about what they have done.

MMFNP

Well said! I agree!

b1sellers

I agree, well said FF [thumbup]

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public-redux

Your underlying assumption is correct.

Tigerzord

Bud thank you for putting your personal ethics, conscience, and good judgement ahead of the petty, vicious personal/partisan politics that the Frederick County Republican Party leadership has devolved to. Thank you for reminding us all that once the election is over, your job is to govern in the best interest of the entire County - not to continually campaign and not to use your elected office for unveiled and petty partisan attacks. Thanks Bud!

AstuteBusinessWoman

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AstuteBusinessWoman

Well said. The fact that he left the GOP does not bother me (R), because what matters most is doing the work he was elected to do.
While others are still wasting our money, by not doing the job we pay them to do and by creating a hostile environment, which makes it difficult for the others to work. They are attempting to run Bud, out of there with constant attacks, to prepare for anothers attempt to return. Really boys? Did you all catch the mention. By Blaine sorry he even supported council govt (yeah only BC he's not leading it like he hoped). The old plan backfired and now they are busy like little bees trying to work up the new one..

Stick to doing the job you've been doing Bud. Do not allow them to distract you.There are many good people in this county who see right through what they are doing and attempting to do. I appreciate your work and dedication, along with others. You have displayed leadership and critical thinking skills that result in resolutions to difficult issues. In the business world, they would've been fired long ago. I am confident the good citizens of Frederick Co.will handle that, as we have proven we can. Stay true to your values. Many of us vote for the person not party

b1sellers

Good comments Astute. I hope people remember this - and that the same thing will happen on the board of ed if Cindy Rose gets elected over there. We need to rid ourselves of these self serving parasites!

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AstuteBusinessWoman

Correction to statement below.. Charter Govt

AstuteBusinessWoman

The plan appears to be:
Make out look like Charter govt is so horrible, by not doing their jobs, and then Blaine will run on that he will convert back to the old commissioner style of govt....
Its not the structure, its those in the positions rthgat nakje or break it, and several have one agenda....break it.

Jim Hartley

You have hit this exactly right, Astute. Well done.

AstuteBusinessWoman

Excuse typos.... on the run, but this all caught my attention this morning....Happy busy Friday.

Oscarpot14

Well played Councilman Otis. Too darn many of us "moderate" republicans are tired of the 3 rd grade politics that have been playin' out since the election and the (what a good many of us out here consider) sniping within the ranks of said (dis-craceful) republican party. Maybe you-our friend-can take the lie detector test that the illustrious Councilman from the North states he will take to defend the comments that he accuses you of making (Citing WFMD Thursday afternoon broadcast) about allegations put upon his person.
Thank you for thinking for yourself and for standing for reason (when one-perhaps a council person ????-thinks about the "greater good") GEEEZZZ you cant make this stuff up......

trwz

“That's what my constituents keep asking me to do.” Really, Mr. Delauter? When have you ever held a meeting in District 5 with your constituents? I live in District 5 and have never seen a posting or heard you announce a meeting. I would welcome the opportunity to attend a District 5 meeting.

disneynut

I totally agree with you.. I also live in District 5 and Kirby has NEVER held a meeting nor sent out any kind of mailing to obtain my opinion on anything. I would LOVE to attend a meeting so you could finally hear how I really feel. I'm sure you'd be surprised to find out that many of us do not agree with anything you've said or done so far!! Here's your challenge, Kirby.. Call a meeting!

b1sellers

Oh how would I love to be at that meeting!

Nicki

In the council meetings, he often brings up topics HE wants to address by prefacing it with "constituent emails asking him about". I've often doubted that as well.

b1sellers

I don't believe him. He doesn't care about constituents - he does what the he!! he wants to do. Period.

phydeaux994

I've lived in District 5 since moving here in 2008. Never saw the man around our town. Even Blaine knocked on our door one evening. But no Kirby or Billy. They couldn't care less about District 5. I guess they'll be venting their spleens in the next Woodsboro Walkersville Times. Their columns are a hoot. You can just feel the hate oozing out of the page. What a way to live.

b1sellers

I live in District 5 as well and I have never been asked anything - and I believe they don't give a rats behind what I (or anyone other than their buddies) think or care about. I didn't vote for him and I will never vote for him. He only cares about himself.

public-redux

"...he would uphold the principals (sic) of the Republican party,"

Now that's a great Freudian slip! The "principals" being Blainey, Billy, and Kirby. Not to be confused with the principles of the GOP, with which those three are unfamiliar.

girlpolitic

Is there a recall provision?

public-redux

No, Billy and Kirby are safe for another 31 months.

DickD

After that, let's hope a lot of people have woke up.

fnfn

Could be worth amending the charter...

girlpolitic

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Nicki

So Blaine said he put his reputation on the line for Bud? I think he should worry more about the damage he does to his own reputation.

KarlBickel

Like many others Bud, you have not left the party so much as the party has left you. You stand in good company with other men of character and integrity who have left the republican party Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt to name two.

vicdavy

Karl[thumbup][angry]

pilotguy299

I believe that all elected position in the county should be non-partisan. Alternatively, there should be open primaries. The only thing either of the parties represent is themselves, not the general public. They only care about obtaining and retaining power, and not about what is best for the county.

DickD

Pilot, I agree with what you say, but the reason for political parties is to establish a platform all members of the party can support. Now it has been taken too far, to the point it now means you vote strictly along party lines, but it hasn't always been that way. Because it is a party and only members can vote, it is only right they set their agenda, as anyone not agreeing can start their own party or vote for the other party. And here too is a problem as we all know a third party has almost no chance of winning, but this could well be the year that is no longer true.

threecents

I don't care what parties my county politicians belong to... or what bathrooms they use, just as long as they do their best to follow the voters wishes, represent us with dignity, and save us money.

KellyAlzan

In all reality with the new homes being built in Frederick county - it's a matter of time before the county becomes a democratic county. With people moving here from MOCO and the DC area, it's inevitable

armillary

Billy Shreve is the chairman of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee. If that's not enough to make any Frederick County Republican voter change their registration to unaffiliated, I don't know what is.

Nicki

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] armillary!

armillary

Billy Shreve has the same cold, vindictive attitude of Michael Hough, but with none of the sex appeal! OMG, what a loser!

BstD59

Hough sex appeal? Hahahahahahahahahaha.....

Burgessdr

Ditto on Haha Hough sex appeal

b1sellers

As far as I am concerned they are both losers

fnfn

Mean Team

Dwasserba

[thumbup] It's what leaders do

public-redux

But only registered Republicans can vote against Billy in the Cent Comm election.

DickD

Got to agree with that one, ar. [lol][lol][lol]

b1sellers

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Jim Hartley

You are sooo right, Armillary. It's a mystery to me how so many of our fellow citizens can think that Billy, Blaine, and Kirby have the best interests of the county at heart.

fnfn

Hurting people are hurting people.

As yourself, regardless of party, would you want to be affiliated with the likes of B’lame Young (solicit prostitutes), Billie Shreve (shows no respect to anyone or) Kirby Delauder (defends a fraudulent business) who practices blatant cronyism, who have no respect for decorum, lies, defends braking laws and works against the wish of the public?

MrHitshed

Bud has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a person of high principles and honor. When he ran for office his signs all said, "I share your values." He was telling the truth. It's sad to see any person hounded and harassed the way he has been, by small-minded nasty boys. Bud made the right decision. I hate to think what a mess this county would be in without his thoughtful participation in governing.

To put it in perspective, the three cretins who've been making his life on the council miserable all voted against the County budget. That is a vote against the Sheriff's Office, a vote against firefighters and paramedics. A vote against public safety. Despicable.

BlueDawn666

I wonder if voting public realizes this: That is a vote against the Sheriff's Office, a vote against firefighters and paramedics. A vote against public safety..and will keep voting Republican..someone had to vote those three cretins into office, are they still happy with their vote? and will they vote the cretins back into office? probably so. Remember ignorance is virtue around these parts.

Kirby Delauter "Govern Like a Taxpayer needs to be Govern Like a Cretin"

b1sellers

Exactly bd!

b1sellers

Agree with all you said MrHitshed

bmclearen

Excellent move Bud. Now you will not be identified as part of the CRY BABIES of the Frederick Republican party. While one of these individuals was trying to get his $10 back for a missing key and another threatened to take the FNP to court for using his name without his prior permission, most of the remaining council members, yourself and Jan were working to undue some of the messes that the previous administration members caused. Keep up the good work.

des21

Our very own Bernie Sander![beam]

eastmoonrabbit

Sanders is an self righteous egotistical old fool who hasn't grown or changed since the 60's. Promise the youth a free lunch and they-lacking any sense of history- will Pied Piper like follow. Otis is a much more nuanced and wise person.

des21

I just meant they were both independents- too pure to be sullied by such tawdriness as party labels. The again, the local (and national) Republicans appear to have lost their minds so, can't say I blame him.

DickD

Nah, Bud is rational.

Charles_Nelson_Reilly

I mean, I assume this is a move so he can eventually change his designation to (D) and get campaign money for the next election cycle. When Bud says "extreme", I have to think he is referring to Shreve & Kirby? Which is a fairly accurate based on those two's behavior. They probably are the ones behind the curtain pushing him out to get someone else to run (Blaine?) as an at-large in 18'.

Unfortunately the poor Republican leadership we have is hurting those who do want limited gov't and responsible spending. Kirby, Chmelik & Shreve haven't been able to make their case in a calm and convincing way to sway public opinion. They are however somewhat correct in their positions. It is true that Jan, Fitzwater, Donald, Keegan-Ayers and even Bud are somewhat clueless on economics and spending. It really goes with the territory when you sign up to be a liberal democrat. The idea of moral hazard and spending do not register in their brains.

FrederickFan

Who is really clueless? The Frederick County budget just passed has a lower increase in spending than Republican Governor Hogan's budget for Maryland. Got anything to back up your cheap, tired stereotypes for the four people currently providing, ethical, responsible, and thrifty leadership to Frederick County?

Charles_Nelson_Reilly

hhmmmm, so because it's a lower "increase" than the Gov's budget, that makes it great? Please put your blue pom-poms down and cork up the champagne for a moment.

The reality is that all of our fiscal & budget policy (federal, state & local) is run by a bunch of Keynesian Worshiping economists. They live in a world of deficit spending, more debt and are true believers that they're smarter than markets and have it all figured out. They put their charts & projections together and then being the bleeding heart collectivists they are, whisper sweet nothings into the ears of people like Larry Hogan and Jan Gardner. Even Bud, who was in Washington forever hasn't a clue how disastrous deficit spending and printed money injected into the economy by the Federal Reserve will be. All of them not bad people, but they wouldn't be able to see a financial crisis coming if it were a category 5 tornado outside their living room windows. Worse are Donald, Fitzwater & Keegan-Ayer. They are true believers as well, but their belief is that money falls from the sky. And if they don't have enough to "spread around" for everyone, they have no problems confiscating it through future taxes.

This entire rigged ponzi scheme of an economy will of course end one day in tears. But let it be said that when authoritarians like you blame the private sector, Wall St. & capitalism when this ship goes down, it was actually the fiscal irresponsibility of those in gov't (federal, state & local) that caused the collapse. Nothing is free.

fmd4life

True. None of these lefties can dispute your comment! Well said.

phydeaux994

Why don't you do something to get someone who thinks like you elected. Quit whining, get off your duff and convince people you are right and they are wrong. Talk is cheap.

Nicki

Well, doesn't ole C-N-R have it all figured out now? A smarty pants like you should run next time. Maybe then you will realize what a difficult and thankless job it really is. The people you degrade in your comments, work hard for the tax payer. Time people like you give them respect.

threecents

Ponzi scheme? Hello, with the county it is money spent vs money received. The Fed (and the federal debt) are not county issues.[offtopic]

Charles_Nelson_Reilly

Nicki, no I do not have it all figured out. As far a elected office, as HL Mencken said, "I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office"

No, elected people who are paid by the taxpayers do not deserve our undivided "respect". They should be constantly evaluated and questioned, in a polite engaging way. After all, they are confiscating money from our paychecks and property because they feel they can spend it better than the individual can. After all, The state is a gang of thieves writ large.

vicdavy

Huge deficit spending started under Ronald Reagan and continued under George W Bush. Welfare for the rich is what you're talking about CNR and by the way capitalism isn't democracy

fmd4life

U r correct

vicdavy

HL Mencken you got to be kidding me! he hated representative democracy and thought Nazism was a great idea

b1sellers

"It is true that Jan, Fitzwater, Donald, Keegan-Ayers and even Bud are somewhat clueless on economics and spending. It really goes with the territory when you sign up to be a liberal democrat. The idea of moral hazard and spending do not register in their brains."
What a load of total BS. My taxes went up under the those "conservative republicans". YOU are what is wrong with this country. Bud Otis is what was right and seems to be disappearing. I did not vote for him before (sorry Bud, you affiliation with Bartlett turned me off) but I will surely vote for him now. While I do not always agree with him I do believe he puts his constituents first. He is not trying to line his and his friends pockets. And you dare to say liberals have no moral "hazard". Yeah, ok.

Tigerzord

Thank you Bud Otis for standing up for the people and not the party! For so many years we have seen how horrible the "republican" members on the BoCC and now CC have conducted themselves both in the "office" and outside. Absolutely disgusting and embarrassing for our County. Thank God you have the gumption to stand up against this kind of crap - this is something we, the people, have been waiting for, for a long time! Let that be an awakening to all the rest of you who call yourselves "republicans" here in Frederick County!

DickD

I am surprised, as Bud is conservative, although pragmatic and fair. It is Billy, Kirby, Tony and yes Blaine that have driven Bud to this extreme. Bud has been very good for Frederick County and I do not care what party he is or is not, I will vote for him.

b1sellers

I agree Dick.

threecents

And what used to be - many years ago - our friendly local news station.

DickD

The radio station has turned into a political quagmire of radical conservatives that make libelous statements. They should be shut down.

b1sellers

I can't even listen to that hate radio

Craig Hicks

Mr. Otis was a credit to the local Republican party. They should be sorry to see him go.

FrederickFan

Like you, Council President Otis stands for ethical behavior, compassionate conservatism, thrift, trust, individual initiative, education, and integrity. Those who have relentlessly attacked him do not stand for these things.

b1sellers

So true FF

fmd4life

Ha!

Frayou

Both Democratic & Republican parties are patrician to serve their own individual interest instead of the whole people's interest which they were voted to serve. More people will turn to unaffiliated as the system continues to deteriorate to patrician politics. We need a 3rd party. One which can bring all people together to make "common sense" solutions to govern the people's business I think this is what Mr. Otis has been trying to do with decisions for county government.

fmd4life

A third party would also fracture.

cctjr64

Bud should join the Republican Rebel of Frederick County Party. He can be disavowed by Cyndi Schaff like she did the rest of the sensible Republicans of Frederick County

All the best Bud... You are a true statesmen.

Tigerzord

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jgrose79

People voted him into office as a Republican. The people voted for him based on his promises. While I understand the political games. I also understand that Bud has rolled with Jan's agenda every single time. No issues and doesn't take issue with them. That doesn't seem suspicious to folks? Come on, Bud is a democrat or Jan has some dirt on him and will not let him go. I think he's a liar who was elected on lies he told. He has a record and he won't be elected again. That's if he even has a brain left to use in another election. The guy is losing it. He can't even run a meeting properly.

jgrose79, another one of your cynical fiction stories. It's getting to be everyday. That's scary!

KellyAlzan

You have no clue how politics work.

Bud is heavily favored in the county and his approval rating is very high. You get re-elected based on job approval. Bud has nothin to worry about......

Jleftwich

Good grief. Is everything a conspiracy to some republican-affiliated voters in Frederick County?!

FrederickFan

Disgusting, bitter, personal attacks like this post from "jgrose79" explain exactly why an honorable man like Council President Bud Otis feels abandoned by the Frederick County republican party.

DickD

While you are right, look at it this way, Bud has made far more friends than enemies and you can't be in a position of power without making some enemies. Bud is well aware of that.

Nicki

Wow-- listen to the person that tried to stick my district with Ellen Bartlett talk about Mr. Otis 'losing it'. He has not voted with Jan every single time, but has on occasion voted with the republicans who continually disrespect him at every turn. I did not vote for him before but I certainly will should he decide to run again. Frederick County loves him!
Your comments play better over on the Frederick County Council Watch page where you call people names like 'Turncoatotis'. Bud deserves so much better than that!
You're all just a bunch of whiners that turned on him when he didn't vote your way.

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Nicki

The key word there is 'useful'. Yes, he is one of the most hard-working and honest people on the council. Be careful or someone may think you're a bit of a loon.

Hayduke2

Another attempt at disinformation and untruths. Jgrosse attempts to sway with lies and is the one playing political games. If Bud chooses to run as an independent, he will certainly get my vote.

armillary

Jamie Rose, either you do your wife Cindy a disservice, or you tell the voters what she really thinks. Either way I won't be voting for her for Board of Education in the general election this fall. ABC = Anyone But Cindy.

fnfn

[thumbdown] More true is that both parties can have sensible people, except recently in the circle r ranch...

Hayduke2

Thank you for your work Mr. Otis. The fact that portions of both parties have moved to the extremes makes compromise and reasonable solutions difficult.

Nicki

This poor man has been ridiculed and hounded by the "antagonists". And the names they call him!!! Mr. Otis is too professional to be associated with such a bunch of immature whiners.

Tigerzord

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b1sellers

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mail

County Council elections should be nonpartisan in the first place. Bud Otis becomes the trailblazer.

fmd4life

Ha! He would get lost in the woods. He's a list ball in tall grass. Not a bright one. Not smart at all. Always asking someone what he should say. I know him well. You all dont.

Nicki

Pot meet kettle - fmd4life.
And why would you assume we don't know him?

public-redux

That is what I was wondering. I also wondered who ze imagines all the anonymous (insert Darth Vader theme music here) commenters are.

DickD

Well, Bud and I live in the same town and last fall, at the Senior Center, I had a long talk with him. It really wasn't what I planned on doing, but we had a very interesting discussion. I knew right then, Bud was a man to be reckoned with.

Hayduke2

fmd4life- shows where you get your misinformation and vehement attitude... You know, it is a value to be able to think for yourself...

BlueDawn666

good for you Bud..you really aren't a Republican anymore, at one time you were, so was I. Glad to see you realize that the Republican party does not represent you anymore. Actually they only seem to represent crazy unhinged people now, and you clearly are not one of those.
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DanileH

Better than criminals.

Hayduke2

You must referring to the last president of the BOCC....

MCEDDE21

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MMFNP

Proof he is an Honorable man and should be exactly where he is on the Council and his with his conscience. God Bless You Mr. Otis. Extremism in all its forms is the work of the devil. Peace Makers, not Peace Breakers, are have been needed since Matthew 5:9 was written in the Bible.

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fmd4life

Beware of the wolf in sheeps clothing. He is not what you see. I know if what i speak. Known him many many many years.

b1sellers

Isn't it sad that his party is so dysfunctional he felt the need to leave it.

fnfn

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Tigerzord

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chesapeakecountry

Good riddance.

crikeyalmighty

Kudos Mr. Otis for what must have been an extremely difficult decision. You were voted in because of your common sense philosophy and stepping away from the far right fringes of the local republican party only confirms your true integrity

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fmd4life

You obviously dont know him well or for long. He is a 2 face liar. Known him many many years. Snake oil used car salesman. Not that you would believe it. It is the truth.

MCEDDE21

Evidence?

jerseygrl42

wonder why this reporter assumes that "unaffiliated" means Democrat????

emuumuumuu

seems the only person assuming that is you.

fnfn

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BlueDawn666

Jersey has just had a rude awakening come her way...be gentle with her. Perhaps she will also switch to unaffiliated? You could do that Jersey...

DickD

[lol][lol][lol] It would take a lot of soul searching and with all the Republican lies jersey has used here, I don't think she is capable.

threecents

A New Jersey?

DickD

Thank you, as I was thinking that too.[thumbup]

fmd4life

It does in the case of bud

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