Frederick County Republicans got a visit from one of their party’s most prominent members of Congress on Friday, along with a spirited defense of President Donald Trump.
“Freedom is under attack in America,” Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Friday night at the Frederick County Republican Central Committee’s annual Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner, at Linganore Winery.
Republicans have to defend the principles of faith, family, and freedom that have always made America great, he told the enthusiastic crowd of about 200 people gathered in an upstairs event hall at the winery.
He named censorship by major technology companies, suppression of speech on college campuses, and allegations of FBI spying on the Trump campaign as some of the most troubling issues facing conservatives and the country.
With more than five billion internet searches each day, tech companies can have a big impact on American society, Jordan said.
“The potential for mischief is pretty darn big,” he said.
Meanwhile, the country has thrived under Trump’s leadership, he said, listing tax cuts, eliminated government regulations, the state of the economy, and the confirmation of Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as accomplishments of Trump’s presidency.
Jordan serves as the top-ranking Republican on the House of Representative’s Oversight and Reform Committee, and on the Judiciary Committee.
Central Committee Chairman Craig Giangrande said he thinks Jordan’s position on the Oversight committee gives him a unique perspective and insight on what’s happening in Washington, D.C.
Giangrande said he was happy with the turnout, especially for a non-election year.
Before Jordan’s speech, Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said he was looking forward to hearing what the congressman had to say, but expected he would play to his audience.
“This is red meat to the crowd,” Jenkins said.
Committee Treasurer JoeyLynn Hough said she asked Jordan to speak at the dinner at the Prince George’s County Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner.
She said she really likes Jordan, who’s a member of the House Freedom Caucus along with West Virginia congressman Alex Mooney (R), for whom Hough’s husband Michael, a state senator from Frederick and Carroll counties, works as chief of staff.
“I believe in the truth. I think that’s really important,” Hough said of her support for Jordan.
Mooney, who represented Frederick and Washington counties in the Maryland Senate from 1999 through 2011, drove up with Jordan from Washington, D.C. and stayed for the beginning of the event.
Linganore wasn’t part of his Senate district, but the dinner offered a chance to see a lot of old friends and supporters, Mooney said.
Michael Hough said that Maryland’s location next to Washington offers Republicans a chance to get speakers like Jordan, even in a state where most voters are Democrats.
In his introduction of Jordan, Hough praised the congressman for being “unwavering in standing up for the values that make this country great.”
Rather than talking about the evils of socialism, a popular conservative characterization of various liberal policy proposals, Jordan urged the audience to focus on what the world would be like without freedom.
A college champion wrestler, he told them to prepare to face adversity in defending their beliefs.
“Understand it will be hard. Nothing worth doing is ever easy,” he said.