The Washington County Republican Central Committee hosted its annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, rallying for the growth of the Republican party in Maryland.
“We’re excited about the direction we’re moving here in Washington County and across the state of Maryland,” said Committee Chairman Jerry DeWolf. “We’re hoping to change Maryland purple or red.”
According to DeWolf, the dinner hosted about 270 people, about 120 more than the previous years.
“But we’re not just resting on our laurels, we’re looking to expand,” said DeWolf. “And we’re looking to make sure that all of our elected officials are Republicans or conservatives.”
The dinner sported several members of the republican community, including county commissioners, city council members and Maryland legislators. However, the star of the event was retired Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North.
North, who stepped down as president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in April, spoke at the event, promoting membership for NRA and the organization’s mission to protect the second amendment.
“Because there’s a natural alliance between what the NRA does to protect our liberties and good republicans like you,” said North. “We desperately need to keep that alliance strong. We have more than 5 million members, we need more.”