Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird is headed to Washington for Tuesday’s State of the Union.

Congressman Jamie Raskin invited Kinnaird as his guest for the annual address from the president. Kinnaird said Raskin called him last week and he was “absolutely floored” when Raskin invited him.

“I mean it’s just amazing, it’s an amazing honor to me,” Kinnaird said. “You have one State of the Union address each year. ... And to be honored to be invited to something like that, it’s just amazing.”

Kinnaird, who has been mayor since 2013, said that he has watched the State of the Union address on TV and thought before about how much he would like to attend.

“I was in the Capitol as a kid at school, but to actually be in the Capitol building when something like that is going on and to be there, and be part of history just is an amazing opportunity for me,” Kinnaird said.

Kinnaird has met Raskin on several occasions, the first of which was when Raskin was first running for the House of Representatives.

“We get along very well, he’s a very nice gentleman. I don’t know him so well that I thought he would invite me to something like this,” Kinnaird said. “I’m sure there are plenty [of] other people that are his constituents that are probably more deserving of this honor than I am, but he chose me and I am very, very happy for that.”

Although the men come from different parties — Raskin is a Democrat and Kinnaird is a Republican — the two have immense respect for each other.

“Mayor John Kinnaird is an amazingly effective and heroically devoted hands-on small-town Mayor who is available to our shared constituents round-the-clock in Thurmont,” Raskin said in a press release. “... An immigrant, a storyteller and an outrageously nice guy, he is an American original who exemplifies why local government works so well in Maryland. I am proud to bring him as my guest to the State of the Union.”

Kinnaird has lived in Frederick County since 1960, when he emigrated from Scotland with his parents and younger sister.

The Thurmont Board of Commissioners will not meet Tuesday night while Kinnaird is away. The next meeting will be next Tuesday.

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(43) comments

Lev928

All of the anti-Trump comments only further prove that he is right.

public-redux

And so do all the pro-Trump comments. Any comment, no matter what it is, proves that Trump is right.

threecents

Absolutely. The sun rising in the morning and setting at night: more proof that Trump is right.

threecents

Who else thinks Trump will Tweet about his TV ratings tonight: Best Neilson ratings for a President ever. Ugg. What else is on TV tonight? Maybe I'll watch South Park reruns.

wscjr

Well done, John, well done.

Mayor Wayne S. Creadick, Jr. Town of Myersville[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

girlpolitic

Congrats to John Kinnaird on being invited to attend SOTU tonight. It is a significant event to be invited to attend. I am not surprised that Congressman Raskin had to go to the far reaches of the MD-08 to find someone willing to go; since most of his constituents live in Montgomery County and they would not be caught dead being near POTUS. I am surprised the Congressman is not boycotting tonight considering he was a key presenter in the House Judiciary Committee back in December and then the Speaker snubbed him by not selecting him as a "House Manager." The Congressman as an attorney and previous law professor at American University. Undoubtedly, Speaker Pelosi did not want to appoint anyone far more intelligent than Chairmman Nadler.

Russian

Trump privately acknowledging that African not European immigrants built America is why I know he’s not racist he’s just an imbecile.

You know, you’re just starting to get real credit for that, OK,” Trump said. “I don’t know if you know that, you’re just starting to get — you built the nation. We all built it, but you were such a massive part of it. Bigger than you were given credit for. Does that make sense?”

It was a stark contrast from the president who over the summer told four progressive congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from and blasted Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings’ congressional district as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

vodalone

Curious as to what Mr. Kinniard was doing at around the time Roger Kelly was running things in Thurmont.

C.D.Reid

Roger Kelly never "ran" things in Thurmont.

vodalone

He was able to freely operate as the leader of the MD KKK chapter from Thurmont, I'd beg to differ.

newspostreader

vodalone - This organization was more noticeable in the early 80s and even then they did not "run" Thurmont. They would occasionally have rallies. If anything was "run" it was done from Rocky Ridge, not Thurmont. And while I won't speak for the Mayor, I do know that he was not involved in any type of town politics or operations during those days. I'm not sure what else might be implied here, but I can assure you that every bone in his body is a caring one. He'd give his last penny to someone if they needed.

shiftless88

Is the KKK illegal?

gabrielshorn2013

vodalone, are you somehow implying that Mr. Kinnaird is responsible for the KKK in Thurmont? If so, how absurd. He was not the mayor back then, and he came here as a kid. Are you responsible for the a-holes that lived in your town?

vodalone

I'm not saying he's responsible for the KKK being there, I'm questioning what he was up to in those times. He came to the US as a kid, but he was around this area in the 80's and into the 90's when the Klan was centered in Thurmont. There's a reason the MD chapter of the Klan was located in Thurmont and we all know Frederick Co. was a good ole boy type of place, most residents probably didn't approve of it, but they would look the other way. There's a reason the KKK wasn't headquartered in NYC, LA, or Philadelphia.

jakinnaird

Vodalone, First and foremost the KKK was not headquartered in Thurmont, the Rocky Ridge area was ground zero for the KKK. Thurmont gets mentioned because we are the closest incorporated municipality to Rocky Ridge. The Town of Thurmont fought to keep the KKK from holding events in town and lost that battle in the courts. As for what I was doing, I have always been a supporter of the Town of Thurmont and was involved in the Scouts, Jaycees and other local organizations since my youth. I have been involved in Economic Development since the early 1970's and proudly served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for many years. My foray into political office began when I was not pleased with how some aspects of how our community were being represented. As everyone says, if you are not happy with the way things are running, get involved. It is an honor to be invited to the State of the Union and I thank Representative Raskin for this amazing opportunity.

Hayduke2

jakinn - [thumbup][thumbup]

Moon otter

Mayor John Kinnaird you would get my support if I lived in Thurmont. You have and continue to be an excellent Mayor for the Town of Thurmont. Congrats on being selected in going to the State of the Union. Enjoy your night.

Moon otter

Congratulations Mayor John Kinnaird. It is an honor and its great to have friends on either side of the spectrum. Thurmont should be proud. From a former resident of Sabillasville, Md now living in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Again Congratulations

penelopedevereux

duffy5x-that is a disgusting comment to make so does that mean you are a disgusting person?

Russian

President Trump is being accused of hypocrisy after a Russian filmed video has surfaced showing him acting disrespectful and childish during the national anthem from Sunday's Super Bowl.

Last year, on "Fox & Friends" Trump said that showing disrespect during the anthem was "maybe" a deportable offense. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country," Trump said.

des21

You can't darn Trump for the silly things he does and says from a position of moral and intellectual superiority and then blame him for transgressing on his own silly non-consequential issues. Well, you can, but it's intellectually dishonest.

These are not serious issues. We know that. I think......................

shiftless88

des; you can certainly blame all of his followers who take actions based on his silly things, and then ignore when he himself does them. He is President; his words and actions all have consequences.

TINAE

You got that right!

Hayduke2

des - is this appropriate for the man who called out NFL players for a non-violent display of concern and claims to be a patriot? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChM6Tw2rSDY

TINAE

Not serious issues? Calling the NFL SOB's for kneeling and his mouth in that situation is in fact serious! SMH at you

des21

I don't think what any does- or doesn't do - during the national anthem is a "serious issue" so I don't pay attention to what they do (they are among the eternally adolescent craving attention often don't you agree?) nor what others say about it. Surely, we have bigger fish to fry in our society!

gabrielshorn2013

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Mary J

Congrats! Never had a better mayor in our tiny town before!

newspostreader

Congratulations Mayor!

armillary

If political leadership is the art of finding common ground among those you serve, then this is stroke of genius by Congressman Jamie Raskin. Who doesn't like Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird?

Obadiah Plainsmen

I believe there should a co-genius award given to both. It take two to be friends.

armillary

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Lev928

Good job, Mr. Kinnaird. A long time job recognized by a good politician. I'm more than happy that you will represent the long-time retreat of every American President since the beginning of Camp David. Well deserved!!

phydeaux994

👍

C.D.Reid

Good for you, Mr. Mayor. As the great mayor of our great little town, no one is more deserving. [thumbup]

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Moon otter

Bad comment.

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gabrielshorn2013

And your comment has exactly what to do with this story? [offtopic][thumbdown]

Obadiah Plainsmen

Maybe Duffy5x is a garbage man and is speaking from experience. President Trump has shown support for the lower middle class people.

threecents

President Trump has trickled on the lower middle class people and taught many of them to love it.

gabrielshorn2013

Maybe so three, but it is a non sequitur to this great story.

threecents

Gabe, In this forum, I think it is generally acceptable to comment on a previous comment, which is what I am doing right now - thanks to you.[cool]

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newspostreader

duffy5x how does being invited mean someone has Trump's approval rating? I'm so very confused.

tatt2ed

John, congratulations.

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