We, the members of the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee, commend Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner for her steadfast leadership as Frederick County transitioned from Governor Hogan’s stay-at-home order to a safer-at-home advisory.

The Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery makes clear in the Stage One guidance that the leaders of jurisdictions are empowered to make decisions regarding the timing of Stage One partial reopening. Executive Gardner and her staff evaluated the conditions in Frederick County, and planned to begin partial reopening on May 29.

Effective partnerships between our state and local governments have saved lives, and we will need the partnership of the county executive and the governor to remain effective, as there is no treatment or cure for COVID-19. A likely resurgence later this year will require partnership again for our local and state governments to unfortunately make more impossible decisions together.

Sadly, and inexplicably, local Republican officials are seeking to undermine this essential partnership in the name of fundraising. While so many Frederick County residents are dealing with death, fear, and financial devastation caused by the coronavirus, some Republicans decided to circulate a fundraising letter with blatant inaccuracies about Executive Gardner. We will not let this stand unchallenged. Not only because it contributes to political misinformation, which it intentionally does, but because someone is knowingly spreading misleading information about the condition of public health in our county.

The letter asserts that Executive Gardner is not abiding by the governor’s order to reopen. This assertion is demonstrably false and crafted to raise money on the back of a pandemic. Executive Gardner’s compliance with the Roadmap to Recovery is plain and irrefutable, while the local Republican tactics are opportunistic and irresponsible, given the continuing risks to public health.

We believe it would be better to focus on forging the effective partnerships we will need later this year, rather than spreading false information about our Frederick County government officials.

Deborah Carter is chair of the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee.

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1. POTUS gave re-opening guidelines that were prepared by HHS/CDC etc... to all Govs in the USA.

2. Each Gov then decided on how to take those guidelines and based on their state's data proceeded to re-open their states etc..

3. Gov Hogan decided not to all responsibility and decided to allow each county executive to take the advice from the Feds and the State and re-open accordingly within their own county.

4. What is surprising these CEs like Jan want the authority but when it is tough times and the backlash could be great and damage her political future she quickly points the finger back at the Gov for not taking the final action about opening...

5. Please run Jan for Gov in the future - it really does not matter in this state a Dem/Liberal socialist will be elected next time around and the state will be what it has always been for the last 50 years - pretty liberal high taxes and some counties paying the way of other counties who cannot afford their spending habits...

Greg F

Delusions of trump competency. 1. ignored all guidelines and called it a Democratic Hoax until way too late then blamed others and shifted responsibilities to states and resulted in more chaos. 2. Berated governors and gave no clear directions, mocked and belittled NIH, CDC and worked to defund WHO. 3. Hogan took on trump for his blatant incompetency and did far more than most governors. 4. Fingerpointing? No...she did her own thing based on local data vs stare. 4. What party wants more development with less builder fees and instead makes it so others must tax to make up for the GOP drain on funding? GOP. Not even a close try there Timmay!!!


wow - guess you forgot about closing off incoming traffic from China and then Europe in late Jan and then mid Feb... also democrats were having parties thinking they were impeaching the POTUS thus wrong again and the Task Force was working pretty closely with both private sector and government agencies and satellite agencies of NIH CDC to get things in order including ventilators, PPE etc... even moving Navy ships in position to help NYC and LA... yes defund WHO it is like the UN a money pit for our $$$ and we do not get what we should - her data was State data because she/Frederick County had a responsibility to provide data to the State so the State/Hogan and his team could make plans and decisions regarding that data so please Jan is positioning herself for future endeavors and about the state of the county - taxes are up and our $$$ is going to places that pleases the socialist base. By the way my name is Tim or Timothy stop being a jerk - it is childish behavior and it is really sad.

Greg F

After he ifnored all other guidelines and looked like an idiot so bad he had to do something to throw a bone. So up the rear of your leader...


Thank you, Deborah and ask Jan to run for Governor in 2022.


Turning a biological illness -- a virus that nobody in the United States is responsible for -- into a political issue is simply stupid. It's also dangerous to promote such an ideology. A virus like this is no political matter, and to take such a platform only reduces a political party's integrity van validity.


I like Jan.


Not sure how much Jan and her staff evaluated "conditions" beyond the calls she received from hairdressers scared to go back to work. I think she was just showing her power because Larry didn't consult with her. Nothing can match the wrath of a woman scorned - except maybe a politician with a little bit of power. [ninja]


Watch the press briefings. The CE has used health metrics and the concern with nursing homes. It's ridiculous to say decisions were based on one comment. That's ridiculous.


This is just plain backwards. As was stated in the LTE and in the way the decision making was crafted, the governor did not need to consult with her, because the discretion was left up to her and the other local officials in other jurisdicitons. What you are suggesting would amount to Washington County needing to have the input of the Frederick County Executive in order for the governor to make decisions?

Greg F

...and there you go. Bisquick making it political instantly.

Greg F

...and sexist too.




This is how she was quoted in the FNP.

“I’ve heard today from a lot of workers, whether they’re in retail ... or in barbershops and salons,” Gardner said after Thursday’s briefing. “And some of them are terrified to go back to work.”



Just because a business opens back up doesn't mean you have to go back to work. Or visit the store, just gives small business the same rights as large box stores. Please stay home if you don't feel safe.


Thank you rbtdt5. Ever the voice of reason.[ninja]


Politicians asking for donations? Of Money? Shocking.


So true....so why is this writer spreading it? As usual, she is 100% wrong. SMH

Greg F


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