September Chairmain’s Message

How will you celebrate Labor Day this year?  

On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the states, the District of Columbia and the territories.  On this day, we celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  

As an example, I am writing this while on vacation with 25 family members in the OBX.  Here we can rent a luxurious house that far outstrips what Carnegie, Ford, Vanderbilt or Morgan ever experienced.  First, we could travel the 400 miles in 7 hours in an air-conditioned, quiet, well riding automobile which Ford could recognize and marvel.  Despite their mansions in Newport, CT, all would have been envious of our ten-bedroom rental home with electricity, air conditioning, vacuums, micro waves and endless supplies of ice.  Despite our distance, we are in constant communications with our colleagues and loved ones around the world with our phones and internet.

All this is because of the efforts of American workers to turn dreams and ideas into valuable products.  You deserve a day of recognition and a poignant reminder of just how far we have come!  Use this opportunity to have a family discussion about our history, our opportunities, why this is possible in America and not other countries.  America is the country people want to escape to, to turn dreams and ideas into a better future for their families.

Labor Day is the ‘unofficial end of summer’ and this year, Maryland students return to school after the holiday.  This is a boon for businesses at the shore who need to keep their summer help through Labor Day, instead of losing it with two weeks left and customers crowding the restaurants and shops.

On September 14th, Marylander’s get to celebrate the creation of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ as Fort McHenry rebuffed Britain’s attempt to capture Baltimore.  Negotiations to end the war had begun in August and were signed in December 1814, just 3 months after the American victory.  Make sure you try to get to the fort this month.

Many have asked, ‘How can I help?’  Several opportunities come to mind:

1, We are less than 10 weeks from our gubernatorial election.  Can you help re-elect Larry Hogan?  If we do not work together, Ben Jealous will be our new tax-n-spend governor.  His promises of ‘free’ universal healthcare and ‘free’ college come with a proposed 50% increase in state spending.  That can only come from your wallets and will decrease the amount of money you have to spend on your family.  We have excellent candidates across the county.  We not only have to re-elect Larry Hogan, but to add five more Republican senators and seven more Republican Delegates to re-district Maryland in 2020.  They need your help with sign locations, coffee houses with your neighbors, knocking on doors, literature drops, phone calls, and finances.  When campaigns cost at least $50,000, our candidates need all the help we can give them.

Contact us and we will put you in touch with our candidates.

2. How about having fun at the County Fair and working with your fellow Republicans?  You can help staff the Republican Booth  at the Anne Arundel County Fair from September 12, this year!  Please sign up via the link: and join fellow Republicans in spreading the word about our Candidates, Elected Officials and Clubs.

Can I count on you to volunteer for one shift over those five days?

Thank you for your contributions to the country and the county!

Wayne Smith

Chair, AAGOP

MDGOP Candidate