DG Fair politics

Renee Smith, left, of Thurmont, volunteer tent leader at the Democratic tent, and Board of Education candidate Ken Kerr talk to voters Tuesday at The Great Frederick Fair.

They’re along the highways, in front yards, and now, all over the county fair.

Campaign signs are flying out of the political tents at The Great Frederick Fair.

“We can’t keep these in stock,” Cyndi Schaff, of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee, said of Donald Trump signs, which the committee was selling for $3 each.

Schaff estimated that the tent has sold more than 1,000 signs since the start of the fair.

Bonnie Nicholson, of the Women’s Democratic League of Frederick County, was at the party’s tent.

Nicholson said the tent had nearly run out of several hundred Hillary Clinton yard signs by mid-afternoon Tuesday, but more were on the way. Donations were welcome but not required.

Both parties said the number of voters coming to their tents was high, with presidential politics playing the greatest role.

Billy Shreve, chairman of the Republican Central Committee, stood with a sign reading “DEPLORABLE AND PROUD OF IT” on Tuesday.

Shreve, with the sign in hand, ushered other fairgoers in front of a TV camera to hold the sign and declare their support for Trump.

The sign is a riff on a statement by Clinton, who said earlier this month that half of Trump’s supporters were a “basket of deplorables” before saying she regretted the statement.

He said the tent had been “absolutely insane” with hundreds of people posing with the sign.

Shreve said the tent has been focused on also encouraging voters to elect down-ballot Republicans as well. He pointed to a postcard that lists Trump/Pence on the front and the four local races for the U.S. Senate, 6th District, 8th District and the nonpartisan Board of Education race, where the party is encouraging members to vote for only one person: Cindy Rose.

“We’re going to win this thing. It’s going to be big,” Shreve said to a voter in the tent.

Dianne Barringer, a voter from Frederick and lifelong Republican, was at the fair for a general visit, but stopped at the tent to get election information.

“I think it’s a very important election because I think they way our country is going to go depends on this elections,” Barringer said.

She was one of dozens of Trump supporters who stopped by the tent around the lunch hour.

Trump is “the voice for a lot of Americans who haven’t had a voice for a long time. ... I think our voice can be very loud when we go to the voting booth and make our voices known,” she said.

Support was just as strong at the Democrats’ tent.

Nicholson said many Democratic voters who have been to the tent questioned why the party wasn’t attacking Trump harder.

“Most of them are asking questions about why we’re not exploiting some of Trump’s issues like why he hasn’t released his tax returns or how many times he’s filed bankruptcy,” Nicholson said.

Judy Covell, of Walkersville, stopped by the tent to get one of the last two Clinton signs on hand early Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s the only way to scream how I feel about this election,” Covell said of her plans to plant the sign in her yard.

She said she supports Clinton because of “her lifelong service to the country in every category she could do, every category she could get into.”

She said the election boils down to “the pride of country that Hillary shows versus someone who wants to change everything.”

Bill Blair, of Burkittsville, came to the Democrats’ tent to get a Clinton sticker after seeing so many Trump stickers on others.

While eager to show his support for the candidate — he supports Clinton’s economic agenda — he also said the 2016 election season has been a tough one.

“I just want it to be over,” he said. “I guess I am looking forward to the debate, though.”

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.

(3) comments


"Billy Shreve, chairman of the Republican Central Committee, stood with a sign reading “DEPLORABLE AND PROUD OF IT” on Tuesday." **** Yup. That pretty much describes him.

garden whimsey

I read the article but never saw anything about funnel cakes. I wouldn't have even considered reading it if I had known it was only about politics. I thought they might be giving away funnel cakes if you stop in to hear their drivel.


Billy has Trump on the brain
his tent, "absolutely insane,"
they could both use a wig
"It's going to be big,"
"you can't cover that with Rogaine."

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