Change could be on the way for the Frederick County Republican Central Committee.

Some members are readying to take action that could lead to the ouster of one of the elected members, a former chairwoman.

Republican officials in the county said some members of the committee want to remove JoeyLynn Hough, who Republican voters elected to the post in 2014.

Hough and the current chairman, Billy Shreve, have not always seen eye-to-eye during their terms.

Shreve, a county councilman, was also elected to the committee in 2014.

At the organization’s December meeting, new officers will be chosen. Shreve said he is not running for the post of chairman.

In December of last year, he took over the post from Hough, who’d held the position for a year.

But as early as next week, the committee is also considering passing new bylaws that would outline rules for removing or censuring a member.

Shreve dismissed the proposed change in bylaws as normal procedure.

“Through the course of time, we change things,” Shreve said. “... In general, the central committee, since I’ve been on it, has had turnover of about one person per year.”

“I don’t know everything or control everything” on the central committee, Shreve said.

Others felt the move was intended to target Hough.

Central committee member Michael Hill said some members of the committee are working together to get the bylaws approved with the goal to remove Hough.

“There are a lot of personal battles that have gone on for a long time,” Hill said, adding that the committee has generally been able to move past personality conflicts to focus on its work. “... I hope people can put aside their personal differences and work toward our shared goals.”

The proposed bylaws changes are the result of continued fallout following a Frederick News-Post article that outlined how the state Republican party had to step in earlier this election season to bail out the central committee after it became clear that plans to use the county committee’s money to support the Trump campaign would have violated campaign finance rules.

The county central committee made a $6,000 payment for sign materials that were to be printed with Trump’s campaign logo and was prepared to pay the printing costs, before the state party — which is registered with the Federal Elections Commission to make such an expense — stepped in.

Hough provided a written statement after being contacted by The Frederick News-Post.

“We were all elected by Republican voters to build and support the GOP. The last thing we need is petty juvenile infighting like the County Council,” Hough wrote. “I’m confident cooler heads will prevail and we will do what we should and rally around President Trump and GOP candidates.”

Del. Kathy Afzali, R-District 4, called for unity.

“The Republican party locally just lost every local race on the ballot and, instead of building the party, members of the local party are forming circular firing squads and attacking elected members,” Afzali said. “Billy should realize his antics on the council and in the committee are in part why people are so disgusted with Frederick County politics.”

Both Hough and Shreve are supporters of Donald Trump. Shreve was co-chair of the president-elect’s campaign committee in Frederick County. Hough was a Trump-sponsored delegate to the Republican National Convention this year.

JoeyLynn Hough is married to state Sen. Michael Hough, R-District 4.

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.

(9) comments

MAVRICKinc7

Another "All in the FAMILY" scenario. Parallels, in spite of itself, what Trump and his FAMILY are bringing to our Nation. SO, hasn't Shreve, Delauter and Chmelik and Young made it abundantly clear they intend to rule the roost AGAIN, much in the same way Trump has warned US is coming, whether anyone or the rest of US like it or not? Rather than getting ahead of the story, Frederick County is at RISK of doing the same thing, over and over again, until the return of the same kind of dictators that once took and have control over the future of the Frederick Region? I'm talking apples to apples.

DickD

For me it is difficult to figure who is worse. My choice would be none of the above.

jthompson

Unless something changed in the last ten (10) years, a "removal mechanism" is already in place. The State GOP removed Bill Ashton from the local GOP Central Committee back in 2006.

FrederickFan

It looks like the Hough - Afzali power block is trying to marginalize Billy. That would be a mistake because it was people like Billy who got Trump elected. Hopefully he won't let them seize power without a fight.

TraceyforTrump

I beg to differ. I have been campaigning for Trump from the beginning and JoeyLynn. She has worked hard to get Trump elected as many of us have. As a Maryland resident, I am concerned with the unethical actions that Billy took. JoeyLynn was elected so officials shouldnt be able to remove her just because they dont agree. Its called a democracy and its something Republicans have been fighting for. This action by the council would be a slap in the face to all of us.

DickD

How can you say Billy got Trump elected, there were no electoral votes going to Donald from Maryland. Billy did zilch for Trump and everyone else.

stevemckay

Seems hard to understand whether this is targeted at Joey Lynn or Billy. The article states that it's Hough but all the reasons that are cited all point to Billy. And the dysfunction of the Frederick County Republican Party continues.

armillary

Having JoeyLynn as chairwoman of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee effectively means it's controlled by her husband. I bet it's probably annoying for some members and it's arguably a conflict of interest. But I don't see how it would justify a motion to remove her, as she was elected by the voters. But if Billy was responsible for breaking the law and the FCRCC budget by spending their money on Trump signs, that's his malfeasance. I guess he gets the message since he's not running for chairman again.

armillary


Michael Hough had the thrill of his life
when the Donald he met with his wife
JoeyLynn Trump did coddle.
while talking of twaddle
not troubled with other folks' strife.

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